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of all the big guns of UNIX (IRIX, HP-UX, AIX, Solaris, OpenVMS), HP-UX interests me in the least. Now if HP put its attention to 1 of its unix's OpenVMS would be my choice. At least it has some really unique offerings, it could have been the king had it been given proper funding and development. c'est la vi.
If HP starts throwing it's weight behind HP-UX that means that OpenVMS will be on life suport that much more. shame really.
edit: and yes I know IRIX is dead(ish), but it was cool and had a lot of industry first features when it was in active development, just like OpenVMS. Edited 2009-10-29 22:58 UTC
I had the pleasure of using IRIX on some SGI O2 machines down the university ... great operating system, IMO one of the best operating systems that I have ever used ... I just got on with it, it is a pity it is pretty much dead.
god i wish i had more free time I really want to do an OSnews article called "The OS's of yesteryear" talking about some of the great operating systems (like IRIX) and others and their strengths. what they were then, where they are now, what happened to make them fade away, etc... I am lucky because my job has permitted me to use virtually every OS out there over the years (though most of my time is spend in the embedded world these days). Still, there are so many great operating systems out there, and the world needs to know! (seems like the right site for that kind of thing). anyone know if there is a video montage of every OS? if not, who wants to help me make one? it would be one awesome community project (as i don't have access to every os out there these days). any takers?
Edited 2009-10-30 00:22 UTC
OpenVMS has nothing to do with Unix.
OpenVMS isn't unix. Isn't even unix-y. It is cool, though.