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Call off the firing squad: HP grants stay of execution to OpenVMS • The Register

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Who knew....

It's difficult to ascertain any of HP's reasons for doing things because it's unclear what they stand for.

The move comes mere days after a French OpenVMS user group published an open letter to HP urging it to reconsider its decision to abandon the OS, which began life as VAX/VMS in 1977 and has survived in one form or another ever since.

"It is impossible to think that HP could not actively maintain support for dependable systems that are such an important part of its portfolio," read the letter, which was penned by GĂ©rard Calliet of HP-Interex France. "OpenVMS is one of its most crucial systems in quality and industrial impact. Like other major IT players, HP must adapt itself to different speeds and varying policies between large, fast-paced markets and specialized, slower-paced markets."

A smash up of peeps from DEC (who stood for equipment), Compaq (who stood for Dell but didn't execute as well), EDS (who stood for making go'mint money) and HP (who apparently stood for absolutely awesome corporate values, and certainly stood for test equipment)? :-).  Of course I completely agree, they totally lost their way, because the way gradually disappeared about 15 years back.