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What ever happened to Tandem and NonStop OS 2072


That was the f***ing problem!!!! Sorry. In addition, another problem was those that were caused by the decision of which grandfather sources one used.

I am not kidding when I tell you it took three months of developers' time (and their employer's money) to just figure out which grandfather to use!!!!! Do you not understand the significance of this? Three months of figuring out what bloody set of files to edit INSTEAD OF ACTUALLY DOING DEVELOPMENT.

It was clear that this could not continue but appears to have done exactly that. My hypothesis is that this is all due to not releasing sources with the code. On the -10, we would ship new sources and the customers would SOUP their mods against the new sources. This evolution of keeping up with the latest official release cannot happen if sources aren't provided. DEC, internally, also did not allow splits. If a development splinter was getting done, part of the work plan required the splinter code to be SOUPed back into the one, and only one, set of monitor sources.

What ever happened to Tandem and NonStop OS 2075
OEM .. original equipment manufacture ... however it was also sometimes used as in OEM ... other equipment manufacture with somewhat similar sense as PCM ... plug compatible manufacture in the tales about mainframe plug compatible (clone) controller...

OSes, whose differences depend on the personality of the lead developer. Today's Unix has this problem. There is this name, Unix, which on the surface is supposed to mean one OS. But when you look under the covers, they are as different as vehicles from putt-putts to trains.

Furthermore, each one has a different priority (priority is a bad word but I can't think of a better one). One placed emphasis on network thruput; another placed emphasis on disk I-O thruput. I'm sure that, for each different Unix, there is another emphasis. This has to be this way because the OS doesn't seem to be able to do overall general timesharing servicing well. It has to be split off.

NOw, you are a company that is providing OS software with its hardware. Having all the above sets of Unixes forces the customer to have to choose an OS instead of tweaking paramaters within the OS to improve his uesr thruput. This is just plain nuts.

I'm not sure I've described this at all well. But I see

My understanding of the OSF project, after the choice "personality" of the sources and establish an underlying set of guidelines that all manufactures could use as a template when they developed their next home grown Unix. From the rumors I heard about that project, this step was skipped.

What ever happened to Tandem and NonStop OS 2074
You make what I see as a Good Thing, and one of the greatest acheivements of the Open Source and unix communities to sound like...

Exactly. Instead of tweaking user parameters, a computer system owner had to choose among OSes to the equivalent fine-tuning of a system.

What ever happened to Tandem and NonStop OS 2073
SNIP Instead of looking at plans A & B, there is always plan C. Don't hack up someone...

BAH


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