anyone read dealers of lightning?

Mark Davidson mdavidson1963 at
Thu Jun 4 17:15:45 CDT 2009

On Thu, Jun 4, 2009 at 2:46 PM, Brent Hilpert<hilpert at> wrote:
> Rich Alderson wrote:
>> De gustibus non disputandum.  However, _Soul_ is very much NOT about "the
>> creation of Data General", which was incorporated in 1968.  It is rather
>> about DG's effort, c. 1976, to get to market with a so-called supermini, in
>> order to compete with DEC's VAX (which was under development at the same
>> time).
> Can someone acquainted with both machines weigh in with an opinion of how they
> compared in terms of performance and capability? Did the VAX win out because it
> was DEC (market prominence, etc.) or because in the main it was a better
> machine, or some other reason?
> (I used and programmed with 780's and 750's under both VMS and BSD in the 80's
> but never worked with DG machines.)

I don't have nearly as much experience with VAXen as I do with DG
machines, but I will say this (and please remember, I LOVE DG hardware
and software)... VMS simply rocks IMHO.  AOS/VS is a very cool OS, but
doesn't hold much of a candle to VMS.

I'll go crawl back in my hole now... :)


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