It's so sad.
VMS was clearly the best operating system, able to share a file system between multiple system
with automatic file locking at the record level. With wide area clusters disaster proof data centers
could easily be be created.
IT was EASY to use, with easy access to the operating system and an English like command language.
It survived for years while DEC/Compaq/ and HP tried to kill it because it was the best and customers
needed the reliability and features.
They could have marketed it and it would be the leading operating system in the world today. It takes
so few people to manage massive clusters of computers and data, as well as with X window terminals
a few people could have supported thousands of users. And the reliability would be unsurpassed.
Oh well, I'm sure I'm preaching to the choir. It proves you can build the best mousetrap and for upper management stupidity destroy the golden goose.
Dec was a special company until Ken Olson left it. It made LONG TERM decisions and it's long term
growth was planned. When bankers got to take over the board, they made it like any other company,
short term viewpoints, and destroyed such a wonderful company. It was a company that put
care of the individual, the environment, society, and quality above profits. That was a formula that
actually generated huge long term profits with incredible loyalty form employees to customers.
Bizarre. I'm glad I could have spent most of my career as a VMS Cluster Administrator and providing Mission Critical Technical Support..