Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 10th Jan 2006 12:33 UTC, submitted by Kenneth Farmer
OSNews, Generic OSes "According to George Cook of WVNET this cluster has been up for over 10 years. WVNET is the West Virginia Network, a dynamic service organization providing telecommunications and computing services within West Virginia. WVNET was created in 1975 to provide central computing facilities and wide-area network communications linking its 'central site' computing resources in Morgantown with the campus computing systems at most of the colleges and universities throughout the state. The cluster consists of an Alpha 4100 (with four 533Mhz CPUs) running VMS 7.3-2; a VAX 6000-630 running VMS 7.3; and four DEC 3000 workstations running VMS 7.3-2."
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RE: Of course it's up.
by shadow303 on Tue 10th Jan 2006 17:16 UTC
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I've recently had to start using VMS for a new work assignment, and I'd say there is a good reason that people don't want to learn it. DCL is such a nasty command line interface to use. It's just such fun typing weird things like "set def [.foo]" instead of "cd foo". Don't even get me started on the monkey-business required to remove a directory. The automatic file versioning is interesting, but I don't have a use for it, so I have to either purge the old versions or deal with cluttered directory listings. There are just too many weird things and not enough benefits over *nix for it to be worth the effort. Oh, and including a program "vi" which isn't the famous text editor is just an evil thing to do ;-)

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