Linked by znby on Mon 10th Jun 2013 23:15 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes "HP has announced the end of support for OpenVMS, the ancient but trustworthy server operating system whose creator went on to build Windows NT. OpenVMS started out as VAX/VMS on Digital Equipment Corporation's VAX minicomputers, then later was ported to DEC's fast Alpha RISC chips " before the Compaq acquisition of Digital led to their untimely demise. HP ported the software to the Itanium, but HP isn't going to bother moving to the last generation of IA64 and support will finally end in 2015." The article seems to have confused the end of support of VMS (which projected to happen some time after December 2020) with the end of IA64 sales for machines that support VMS and/or the end of support of the Alpha version of the operating system, but it seems either way that the venerable operating system is on its way to meeting the same fate as MPE.
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It's still my favourite O/S
by uridium on Wed 12th Jun 2013 02:54 UTC
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HP has pretty much ignored VMS since they acquired it via Compaq so this is deeply saddening but to be expected. They've killed through mis-management and lack of advertising and programs to encourage it's use VMS, Tru64 and in the process killed two of my favorite CPU ISA's of Alpha and PA-Risc.

The port to IA64 proved that it could be ported to hardware that didn't require the extensive memory/priv execution that VAX had (read: IA64 hasn't got the facilities) so it should have been ported to x86, restricted to 1 or 2 processors so people could start hacking around on it. This is how UNIX beats things.. availability to students at universities and colleges. They have it at Uni/Tafe .. they come out into the workforce and are already sufficiently familiar with one tool that will help their work and recommend it strongly.

HP failed here when they didn't make it available any more for entry level people.

It's almost criminal.. if you've spent any time with the OS coding on it and have learned some of it's architecture, it really has many strengths you simply don't find anywhere else.

HP had something great ... and they ignored it.

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