Linked by znby on Mon 10th Jun 2013 23:15 UTC
OSNews, Generic OSes "HP has announced the end of support for OpenVMS, the ancient but trustworthy server operating system whose creator went on to build Windows NT. OpenVMS started out as VAX/VMS on Digital Equipment Corporation's VAX minicomputers, then later was ported to DEC's fast Alpha RISC chips " before the Compaq acquisition of Digital led to their untimely demise. HP ported the software to the Itanium, but HP isn't going to bother moving to the last generation of IA64 and support will finally end in 2015." The article seems to have confused the end of support of VMS (which projected to happen some time after December 2020) with the end of IA64 sales for machines that support VMS and/or the end of support of the Alpha version of the operating system, but it seems either way that the venerable operating system is on its way to meeting the same fate as MPE.
Thread beginning with comment 564409
To view parent comment, click here.
To read all comments associated with this story, please click here.
RE[2]: Very sad.
by Tuishimi on Tue 11th Jun 2013 16:48 UTC in reply to "RE: Very sad."
Tuishimi
Member since:
2005-07-06

I know... remember WANG too? That was another decent company that died when the founder died... And I always wished I owned a nice SGI workstation. They were just too expensive to even consider back then.

I know it does no good to look back on what was often, but I do like to think back on the decade or so I spent at DEC. It was a lot of fun.

Reply Parent Score: 3

RE[3]: Very sad.
by sysjkb on Tue 11th Jun 2013 18:41 in reply to "RE[2]: Very sad."
sysjkb Member since:
2006-06-29

Wang actually offers a wonderful counterpoint to this decision by HP. Bleeding cash in part from trying to keep their Wang VS line competitive, post-bankruptcy they came to the realization that they *couldn't* compete. Other companies facing this decision just gave up (e.g. Pr1me). But what Wang did instead was "manage the decline", putting in a small amount of resources into both hardware and software, providing upgrades for existing customers. Everyone was happy -- Wang (now Getronics) has made a lot of money for its small investments, and customers are happy that they've not been forced to switch platforms. The last hardware was produced around 2000, and in 2005 Transvirtual produced an emulator that allowed the Wang VS to run as a virtual machine on Linux, which means the VS customers can get steadily faster machines without Getronics needing to pay for any hardware development whatsoever.

In summary, I think this is a bad decision by HP. VMS still has a pretty big install base; there's no reason HP can't just milk them for the next umpty years.

Reply Parent Score: 3