Linked by David Adams on Sat 11th Oct 2008 16:38 UTC, submitted by poundsmack
OSNews, Generic OSes HP has released a roadmap outlining future development of OpenVMS, the operating system that commercialized many features that are now considered standard requirements for any high-end server operating system. (Such as Integrated networking, Symmetrical, asymmetrical, and NUMA multiprocessing, including clustering, distributed file system (Files-11), Integrated database features, support for multiple computer programming languages, hardware partitioning of multiprocessors, etc). With over 30 years of development, OpenVMS has stood the test of time and has continued to evolve as one of the most secure and trusted mission critical OS's of our time.
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yeah
by csynt on Sat 11th Oct 2008 20:48 UTC
csynt
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2006-03-19

nice OS, I would like to see a port on x86 (pleaseeeeeee)

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RE: yeah
by mbpark on Sat 11th Oct 2008 22:53 in reply to "yeah"
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2005-11-17

There's FreeVMS, available at:

http://www.systella.fr/~bertrand/FreeVMS/indexGB.html

And if you run Windows, some might argue that you're running a logical descendant of it:

http://www.win2000mag.com/Articles/Print.cfm?ArticleID=4494" rel="nofollow">http://web.archive.org/web/20020503172231/http://www.win2000mag.com...

Edited 2008-10-11 22:55 UTC

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RE[2]: yeah
by sbergman27 on Sun 12th Oct 2008 14:55 in reply to "RE: yeah"
sbergman27 Member since:
2005-07-24

[q]And if you run Windows, some might argue that you're running a logical descendant of it:[q]
Others would tell you to wash your mouth out with soap.

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v RE[2]: yeah
by ronaldst on Sun 12th Oct 2008 17:21 in reply to "RE: yeah"
RE: yeah
by kaiwai on Sat 11th Oct 2008 23:15 in reply to "yeah"
kaiwai Member since:
2005-07-06

nice OS, I would like to see a port on x86 (pleaseeeeeee)


Although that would be great, I'd say that over half the performance and stability is due to the combination of the hardware and software rather than simply the software alone. I remember writing an assignment on OpenVMS, and the history of DEC's hardware. From the early days to VAX then through to Alpha. The only let down DEC had was that it was a company run by engineers - resulting in great products but marketed so poorly.

With that being said, they could do a x86-64 port but it would require very very narrow parameters, and it would only run on a very small range of hardware - then at the end the question could be asked, would it make businesses sense? I guess there have been questions raised like this in HP but the business boffins have number crunched and decided it wasn't feasible. With that being said, it would be interesting to see once Intel moves to the single motherboard platform where Xeon and Itanium can be swapped - it'll mean that Itanium processors will become accessible through retail channels; be it they be very specialised.

Edited 2008-10-11 23:17 UTC

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RE[2]: yeah
by PlatformAgnostic on Sun 12th Oct 2008 19:14 in reply to "RE: yeah"
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2006-01-02

Itanium is a cool and funky architecture, but average people aren't going to want to run them. For one, they produce an appreciable and surprising amount of heat (my relatively early generation HP Itanium2 machine produces more heat than 4 other machines put together).

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RE[2]: yeah
by sergio on Sun 12th Oct 2008 20:14 in reply to "RE: yeah"
sergio Member since:
2005-07-06

I'd say that over half the performance and stability is due to the combination of the hardware and software rather than simply the software alone.


Sysadmins have to tatoo that quote on their chests. It's the key of any reliable system. That's why OpenVMS, zSeries and UNIX boxes rule.

Wintel and Lintel boxes lack that deep hard+soft integration. And please, don't tell me that Linux boxes are stable and great. They suck and suck really hard. Sorry.

PD: I love GNU/Linux, but the truth must be said.

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