Who's dead? (was RE: UNIX V7)
bdwheele at indiana.edu
Wed Jun 10 07:29:36 CDT 2009
On Wed, 2009-06-10 at 12:25 +0100, Gordon JC Pearce wrote:
> On Tue, 2009-06-09 at 23:46 -0400, Patrick Finnegan wrote:
> > On Tuesday 09 June 2009, Dave McGuire wrote:
> > > On Jun 9, 2009, at 11:24 PM, William Donzelli wrote:
> > > >> Not only supported, but still under very active development!
> > > >
> > > > It is still a sinking ship, unfortunately.
> > >
> > > Why is that? Because it's not Windows?
> > Probably because its usage is going down over time? I can't be
> > completely sure, but I'm willing to bet that if HP ported it to
> > x86/amd64 instead of ia64, it would have had a better chance of holding
> > ground.
> I'm surprised there hasn't been an open-source clone of VMS yet.
> There's a pretty much functional open-source clone of BeOS, a pretty
> much functional open-source clone of Windows, and more open-source
> Unix-alikes than you could shake quite a large stick at. There's even a
> fairly "early days yet" OS/2 clone - anyone fancy porting it to a PDP11?
> Maybe I haven't looked hard enough for VMS.
There's FreeVMS at http://www.freevms.net. Its pretty early and its
based off of linux, so YMMV.
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