VMS stability back in the day (was Re: NuTek Mac comes)

Noel Chiappa jnc at mercury.lcs.mit.edu
Sat Jul 16 07:55:30 CDT 2016

    > From: Jonas

    > At the time VMS was conceived, Unix was a university product, used for
    > teaching and research, not for heavy production work. 

Err, not quite. In the mid-70's, the PWB system at Bell:


was being used by a community of about 1K programmers doing development of
software for various Bell commercial projects.

Yes, not accounting systems, but not "teaching and research", either. And it
was definitely production: see the uptime statistics, etc, in the BSTJ
article that describes it.


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