HPUX on X86
was snuck past PHBs, then spotted and killed, just as it got bootable. It seems fiefdoms do not want any internal threat to itanic yet. HPUX has a nice Aries PA-RISC emulator for customers who do not want to risk moving legacy critical code. HP problem is that their old gear was so well built. World is running out of old disks though and RAM sticks do eventually "rot". Single bit error correction can only do so much. Orakles recent downtalking on Itanic future was predicated on HPUX eventually going to Intel chips methinks. HP probably will, but at a time of their own choosing. About 2 more downsizings I suggest, when panic is really setting in at the CEO/board level. I am sure they have a process for that too.
Pity they did not kill Meced/Itanic earlier and go with Intel. Intel Chips at time were not as good, but it might have given HPUX a bit more time. Better yet, drop HPUX for Linux and kept OpenVMS alive.
Now ARM chippery is beginning to open up more options as low power (electricity) massively parallel computing is becoming routine and affordable. So where do they dinosaur OS go now ?
I miss Paris stories. The deep space nine clones Cardashians shurely just dont cut it.