You read way too much into my post. My point was that it's not so unexpected to see questions from Monks still using Perl 5.8.8 (and by extension, pestering someone about it could be considered poor form).
Regarding VMS, and going way off on a tangent, Hughes used it for the management software for their commercial satellite gear (PESVOC: Personal Earth Station Virtual Operator Console). We had maybe 8-10 Vaxes and I think four DEC Alpha's running VMS here several years back. PESVOC was an X-Windows app, so the networking teams accessed them via a Sun server and either Sun Rays (hardware thin clients) or Citrix XenApp for UNIX (aka MetaFrame for UNIX; software thin client). I assume the various buyouts forced Hughes to port the app to something a bit more modern (or rewrite it or replace it). As a side note, IIRC, Hughes wanted to (and did?) sell off the commercial part of the satellite business.
Anyway, most companies have moved away from satellite to Frame-Relay, MPLS, ATM, DSL, etc.