Branching the thread away from Compaq deskpro boards: "What We Have Lost"

dave.g4ugm at dave.g4ugm at
Mon Aug 2 02:58:47 CDT 2021

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> From: cctalk <cctalk-bounces at> On Behalf Of Zane Healy via
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> To: William Donzelli <wdonzelli at>
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> Subject: Re: Branching the thread away from Compaq deskpro boards: "What
> We Have Lost"
> > On Aug 1, 2021, at 5:51 PM, William Donzelli <wdonzelli at> wrote:
> >
> >> z/OS runs on IBM Mainframes, there is also “IBM i”, which was previously
> called OS/400.
> >>
> >> Last I checked, GCOS-8 is still running, but with Itanium end-of-life, I’m
> not sure what on.  It’s been a niche market for decades.  I’d argue that it was
> a serious niche when I was using it in the early 90’s.
> >
> > It is amazing how many people - IBMers included - that simply do not
> > realize that Unisys exists, and both MCP and OS2200 are modern, up to
> > date operating systems running on quite a lot of sites in the real
> > world.
> Actually I should remember that one as well…  I supported a Unisys
> mainframe, after I worked with GCOS-8, though I spent most of my time with
> HP-UX and SunOS at that time.
> Zane

Until very recently Fujitsu was still supporting the ICL VMS operating system, as I understand it for use by UK Government departments.

I think it’s a pity we don't see the S/38, AS/400, I software more widely available.  I am sure that it would run well on modern Intel or even ARM


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