Back in the day when I was running a small support team, we had 17 different OSes to support (and I mean OSes, not versions)
SunOS (you know, the BSD derived one)
Solaris (the SysV derived one)
Whatever ran on a Thinking Machines CM5 (custom SunOS)
MSP (Fujitsu variant of MVS)
I can't quite remember the last 2 now - possibly I was including MSDOS, and a rather antique Prism computer that ran its own custom Unix variant
Yes - I did use CP/M for a period of 8 years, but my CP/M machine (a rather modest brand going by the name of "Superbrain") died a few years before the period when my group was supporting the 17 different OSes. Note that Windows 95 was on the list !
I should say that during the late 80s, I personally used CP/M, MSDOS, MacOS, VMS, MSP (Fujistu's MVS clone) and whatever ran on Univacs at the time. No doubt the computer support staff at that place (I was just a student at the time) could lay claim to a much larger range.
The embedded target I am working on runs QNX. Cross platform work is done in XP and cygwin. The prior 2 projects where an Android tablet and another embedded target running Nucleus. We do overnight builds using Bamboo on machines running Ubuntu. My desktop at home runs Vista (no laughing please), and I'm the technician for my wife's Windows 7 laptop and iPad.
Win 7 Enterprise at work
Win XP SP3 in VM at work
Win 7 Professional at home
iOS in iPhone
Win98 in ancient desktop (yeah, still working) with some old arcade games I really like
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I used to work a lot with DEC computers including PDP-11/23 and MicroVAX, they had such a good thing going then dropped into oblivion. Shame!
One of the things I liked about them is you could cluster them.
Never did get to work much on the Alpha how is it?
I noticed you had several DEC machines have you got them clustered?
I think if I had the money I would have an alpha here at the house. I used to do real time client server systems with DEC machines and they are awesome, was sorry to see them fade away.
The first time I got my hands on a MicroVAX my company told me I could buy a computer I did some research and decided I wanted either a IBM or a VAX. I called both companies, DEC got back to me that day IBM took a week???
Furthermore, in my case, I don't run the systems very frequently (noise, heat, power consumption) so it wouldn't make much sense.
Yeah I guess yo wouldn't want to run them too much especially if you don't use them day-to-day.
I got a little nostalgic a few years back and thought about buying one off ebay but got to thinking what the hell would I use it for. Would be fun to play with but I've got so many other things going right now it would sit on a shelf and collect dust.
Out of curiosity, how much did you pay? One my my projects uses a pair of massive alpha boxes to control some high end embedded hardware; and after 8+ years of use how much longer they're going to last is starting to become a concern (the vendor naturally wants a small fortune to do a linux-x64 upgrade). I took a look at what was on ebay now and, excluding parts from stripped systems, it looked like everyone was hoping to get new box prices for their antiques.
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