For over 25 years, the name VOS has referred to an operating system that is reliable, continuously available, and easy to use. We did not take the decision to rename VOS lightly. The new name acknowledges another important trend has taken place over the last 10 years.
Over the years we have added a number of UNIX® features to VOS. One of the simplest and most useful of these is the ability to use dot (“.”) and dot-dot (“..”) as pathnames.
Are you still working on VOS using a 80 column by 24 line view? Get with the flow and see the big picture.
I recently revised our notes on how to port open-source code to VOS and OpenVOS. This new revision is about 30% longer and contains much more detailed information.
Stratus has offered ports of open-source, POSIX-based software to its VOS customers for many years.
I am often asked whether a particular open-source package can be ported to some release of VOS or OpenVOS (“VOS”, for short).
If you have used the POSIX shell (“bash”) on VOS, then you know that you can run various POSIX commands and use all of the nifty tricks that bash provides, such as input and output redirection.
I wrote the following remarks about conducting effective pre-production testing for my “VOS Corner” column in the Stratus User Group newsletter for December, 1996. They are still relevant today, almost 13 years later.
I enjoy meeting our VOS and OpenVOS customers. Customers ask me where we are headed with VOS/OpenVOS, and colleagues ask me where we should go with VOS/OpenVOS. I’ve often said that I get my best ideas from our customers.
Recently a number of VOS and OpenVOS customers have switched from using the standard ftp client (ftp.pm) to the secure ftp client (sftp.pm).