MPE/iX subsystems are already available
Some parts of the
HP 3000s operating system modules are based on open source
projects and one HP engineer suggested that makes that part of
MPE already open-sourced. Mark Bixby, who ported the Apache Web
server to the HP 3000 and manages Internet and interoperability
projects for HP, told customers in a 3000 newsgroup that perl
represents the face of OpenMPE.
Still waiting for OpenMPE? Bixby asked. You
already have it for these open source apps ported from Unix. He
went on to add that moving such programs along to newer versions is
homesteaders work, not HPs.
Its not that difficult to update these open
source apps yourselves if somebody else like me or Mark Klein or Lars
Appel or whoever has already done the hard part by performing the
initial port, Bixby added. Anybody who is going to be
using these Unix open source apps on MPE beyond 12/31/06 seriously
needs to become self-sufficient and develop the necessary porting
skills to keep the apps fresh if you have a need to stay on the
Customers had asked HP, when it solicited ideas for a
possible 2005 Systems Improvement Ballot, to update perl and make it
a program that can be run instead of compiled and then executed.
Bixby noted that perl 5.8.1 is available on the HP Invent public access
development Web server, but perl has already moved forward to version
If I then proceeded to port 5.8.6 on HP time, then
what? Newer versions of the source would still flow forth from
perl.com, and youd be back where you are today with
old Perl binaries for MPE, Bixby said.
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