GCG on VMS vs UNIX

Roy Omond omond at embl-heidelberg.de
Fri Feb 19 11:06:46 EST 1993


Oh nooooo.... here we go (yet) again on Unix v. VMS.  Folks, let's
try to nip this one early in the bud.  There are enough religious
wars re this topic on other newsgroups.

However just to pick nits :-)

In article <1993Feb19.143255.29069 at gserv1.dl.ac.uk>, gartmann at VMS.MPIIB-FREIBURG.MPG.dbp.de (Christoph Gartmann) writes:
> Ken Baker ("bakerk at frir.afrc.ac.uk") writes:
> 
>> 1] More flexible
>> 2] Smaller instruction set makes it faster
>> 3] Supports a graphical user interface
> 
>   The flexibility of VMS compared to UNIX is generally higher. Nowadays
>   disadvantages of VMS are
>   - VMS is a proprietary operating system. People feel more independent
>     from any manufacturer running UNIX.

Let's assume we can agree to some extent what "proprietary" actually
means ... then :

What's so non-proprietary about almost all of the real Unixes ?  Do you
seriously think SunOS/Solaris, Irix, ConvexOS, AIX, HP-UX, Ultrix,
RiscOS, etc. etc. are non-proprietary ?  Come on, do me a favour ...

>   - because of the reduced instruction set, case sensitivity, security lacks,
>    ... the processors are in fact faster. Imagine, either you pay attention
>    on upper and lowercase letters by yourself or the computer does it for you,
>    has to calculate more, is slower,--
> 
> In fact it is true that more than 90% of the GCG programs are not critical in
> terms of speed. Therefore I feel no need to move towards UNIX just to be
> somewhat 'up to date'.

Mmmm.... considering that Unix is *older* than VMS (and it shows !), I'd have
thought people would be flocking away from Unix because it's "not up-to-date"
:-)

Sadly round about the same time that Unix was being born, the world missed its
chance to adopt a truly modern, excellent, wonderful, beautiful, fantastic
operating system:  EMAS (Edinburgh Multi-Access System).  (Gosh, I'm showing
my age ;-)  But then again, the computer industry is full of very unfortunate
mistakes that have somehow succeeded in being inflicted upon us ... *sigh* ...

Roy Omond
System Manager/PostMaster etc. etc.
European Molecular Biology Laboratory
Heidelberg, Germany.




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