Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 1st Aug 2014 09:39 UTC, submitted by Emanuele Ruffaldi
OSNews, Generic OSes

Hewlett-Packard has changed its direction on OpenVMS. Instead of pushing its users off the system, it has licensed OpenVMS to a new firm that plans to develop ports to the latest Itanium chips and is promising eventual support for x86 processors.

Great news for OpenVMS, and a great move by HP.

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HP sees no future for this operating system. They're not going to pitch it to the large enterprise customers. They're going to pitch Linux on VMware running on HP hardware and associated software and services. They might even still give a nod to HPUX, but really the focus is on virtualized X86.

Companies sometimes do this, selling off product lines they want to kill to other companies. No one sells a product line in which they see a profitable future.

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