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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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RE[4]: It's still my favourite O/S
by jockm on Thu 13th Jun 2013 18:26 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: It's still my favourite O/S"
jockm
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Why don't you ask them? Because the previous poster wasn't talking about something theoretical, but something a fair number of IBM customers do run Linux on the Power7 architecture.

I think the reason that HP didn't go that route was that there are only so many architectures people are going to put up with. And in a field at the top that is x86, Power, and SPARK, there wasn't room for one more player.

Not to mention the cost involved with keeping the architecture competitive with the previously mentioned trio. It was easier and cheaper to go to x86 (and Itanium) and differentiate other ways.

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