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

Grif grif615 at mindspring.com
Sat Jul 16 14:36:00 CDT 2016

Whats this "BackInTheDay" stuff ? ;-)  granted we upgraded to openvms at y2k, but the system  is still in production.   Ive been involved in this app since 93, and it was mature then.  Just will not die :-(

-------- Original message --------
From: jnc at mercury.lcs.mit.edu 
Date: 07/16/2016  05:55  (GMT-08:00) 
To: cctalk at classiccmp.org 
Cc: jnc at mercury.lcs.mit.edu 
Subject: Re: VMS stability back in the day (was Re: NuTek Mac comes) 

    > 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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