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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.
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Can We Dial Down The Hyperbole?
by jockm on Tue 11th Jun 2013 21:44 UTC
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I never especially liked VMS, and I used and developed on it back in the day. I understand why some did, and am sort of sad to see it go, as it represents the decreasing diversity in the OS landscape.

But "single gunshot heard"? Sorry that is just a bit tacky and adds nothing to the conversation.

I would really love it if OSNews stopped reporting rumor as fact, and dialed down the hyperbole...

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It's not a rumour, you can find all the dates in the official HP roadmap. OpenVMS 8.4 on Itanium is the last version, and all extended support will end Dec 31, 2020. OpenVMS on everything else is already dead with extended support ending in a couple of years.

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jockm Member since:

I did not say this was a rumor. I was referring to OSNew's overal behavior, where they have reported rumor as fact.

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