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August 2000

Netlabs Is Value-Added Effort

by Christoph Vogelbusch

I think the future of OS/2 is in working together, and that's what Netlabs is all about. Netlabs is the focal point for free Open Source software for OS/2.

XWorkplace is one of Netlab's Open Source projects, and as such you can download the source code. It's a community effort, and by using Netlabs CVS archiving you can contribute enhancements by checking in new features you create.

The goal of Netlabs is to have at least one project for each objective use. Currently developers from all over the world are contributing their efforts to porting software and device drivers from Linux and other operating systems, the Win32-implementation for OS/2, and a library of X-Applications for use on OS/2.

What a great opportunity this is for developers to improve rather than reinvent! Working together saves time and also makes better programs. Unfortunately, too few people are making use of this facility. I urge you to participate in and support Netlabs Open Source projects.

You can read a little more about this in Christoph's article, Creating OS/2 Software on OS/2 eZine. He can be reached at

For more about XWorkplace, see two related articles Part 3 of Seeking Ways to Get Rid of System Bloat and XWorkplace Installation Requires WarpIN.