Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Windows NT grandaddy OpenVMS taken out back, single gunshot heard

Windows NT grandaddy OpenVMS taken out back, single gunshot heard



HP has announced the end of support for various flavours of 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, which snapped up Compaq, ported the software to the Itanium, but the tech titan isn't going to bother moving the code to the latest, and perhaps last, generation of IA64 chips: and thus official service support for Alpha and Itanium OpenVMS pre-version 8.4 will finally end in 2015; support for Alpha and Itanium OpenVMS v8.4 will live on to 2016 and 2020 respectively.