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IBM should "open source" the source code for LPPs when they are withdrawn from marketing
Over the years, I have seen several IBM LPPs for OS/400 (now IBM i) that were withdrawn from marketing and eventually had support dropped -- for whatever reasons.
I think it would be a great way for IBM to educate the world on how to build robust applications for IBM i, especially in the "native" ILE environment, by delivering the source code for IBM software products that IBM no longer sells or supports, as "open source", publishing that source co.de in some public repository like github, etc.
This would allow customers who relied on the withdrawn products to "take over" maintaining that product, in-house, if needed, for a period of time, until such a time as those applications they developed that depended on that LPP can be migrated to some other technology.
This would also serve as excellent educational material, for both IBM customers and for colleges and universities who want t o study some "large scale" and "real world" applications code on IBM platforms.
Providing source code for "abandoned" LPPs could help to prevent IBM customers who were depending on "withdrawn" and "no longer supported" LPPs from just abandoning the IBM i platform altogether, and migrating to some other hardware platform(s) and Operating Systems and other vendor software platforms..
This would also offer the possibility for IBM business partners to "step in" and "step up to the plate" and take over providing software support and possibly even future enhancements for those "abandoned" LPPs ("abandonware") for those other IBM customers who w ere using and depending on those LPPs.
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