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OSNews, Generic OSes In its initial concept, OpenVMS (then VAX/VMS) sought to provide the functionality and capabilities of a mainframe-class system at a small fraction of the size and cost, while at the same time providing higher levels of reliability and integrity. These goals were achieved by what has become OpenVMS' hallmark, an emphasis on integrity and architectural leverage. Note: This is an entry to our OS Contest.
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What went wrong?
by kjn9 on Tue 18th Jul 2006 14:48 UTC
kjn9
Member since:
2006-01-17

Although VMS still has a large user base, why did it not achieve even greater popularity?

Was it a matter of pricing, and/or (in earlier times) being tied to DEC's hardware?

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RE: What went wrong?
by lopisaur on Tue 18th Jul 2006 23:47 in reply to "What went wrong?"
lopisaur Member since:
2006-02-27

Well, mostly because OpenVMS admins are hard to find (and they're getting harder to find everyday) in comparison to UNIX sysadmins. And they're more expensive.

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RE[2]: What went wrong?
by shardservant on Wed 19th Jul 2006 13:42 in reply to "RE: What went wrong?"
shardservant Member since:
2006-01-12

VMS went wrong in that it was very expensive and the hardware was proprietory. At the same time, Unix was given to Universities for free. Hmmm. Free or truck load of money. What to do. What to do.

Having Universities running Unix flavors got exposure on Unix out there and helped make it popular.

That said, when it came to mission critical computing such as hospitals/military/air traffic control, VMS was the best choice.

I've been a VMS admin for over 18 years. Look no further ;) .

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