Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 1st Nov 2007 20:57 UTC, submitted by Blackwizard
OSNews, Generic OSes HP announced the release of OpenVMS 8.3-1H1. "HP is pleased to announce the release of OpenVMS version 8.3-1H1 for Integrity servers, the 30th anniversary [I got startled by the automatic video] edition of the OpenVMS operating system! OpenVMS version 8.3-1H1 includes all the capabilities of its predecessor, and introduces new features and hardware support."
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RE: Is Unix unfriendly?
by javiercero1 on Fri 2nd Nov 2007 15:25 UTC in reply to "Is Unix unfriendly?"
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Well it all depends on your background. You can get a person who cut his or her teeth on VMS and drop them into an unix shell, and they will experience the same bewilderment. A la "what is this ls crap?" or "This file system structure makes no sense."

Familiarity should not be mistaken with user friendliness.

That being said. It was a running joke among VMS bigots about how user unfriendly unix was when compared to their precious DCL. More astroturfing than anything, IMHO. Both systems require a fairly steep learning curve. And with products like GNV, that create an unix-like environment, the VMS fellas seem to have relaxed a little bit their holier than thou attitude.

I have always found *nixen far more developer friendly. Up to recently |D|I|G|I|T|A|L| pretty much demanded your first born child in order to obtain a half assed C development environment. And to this day, developing/hacking on VMS can be in some ways an exercise in reviving the late 80s :-).

However, once you get a system fine tuned and doing what you need it to do, it just keeps on going. VMS is not a sexy system, it stays out of the way in the background. Which I guess it is a good thing...

PS. I can't believe no one has brought the whole meme of how Windows NT is the evil step child of VMS ;-)

Edited 2007-11-02 15:32

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RE[2]: Is Unix unfriendly?
by poundsmack on Fri 2nd Nov 2007 20:58 in reply to "RE: Is Unix unfriendly?"
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unix is user friendly, it's just really picky about who it wants to be friends with ;)

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