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OpenVMS Hobbyist Program | Hobbyist Licensing | VAX License PAK's
Author Scanning VMS documentation
nick_d
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Posts: 1
Joined: 03.02.17
Posted on February 03 2017 18:29
hello

To introduce myself I am Nick, I live in Melbourne, Australia, I am a keen collector of DEC. I'm not a VMS expert, I have mainly been running other OSs. But I hope to get to VMS eventually when I have time.

I am writing here because a friend has inherited an enormous collection of DEC, he has pretty solid plans how to distribute it all to good homes and what should be preserved and what can be scrapped. But it is an enormous project as he has 20~30 years worth of systems big and small, hundreds of TTYs, monitors, etc...

So one of the vexing issues he has is documentation, there are hundreds of boxes of complete manual sets for all versions of VMS (he mentioned 3.0, 3.1, and, 5.0 as far as I can recall). These are probably going to be got rid of. I would consider scanning them for hobbyists to use, but before embarking on such a project...

(1) Is the complete documentation history already available from HP, obviously if they have original PDFs and not scanned PDFs and they are accessible to hobbyists then there is no need for me to scan anything.

(2) Would HP be willing to license these materials to be put onto Bitsavers, apparently, my friend has contacted Al Kossow (Bitsavers founder) and he has said he is not allowed to put VMS documentaiton up.

(3) Would anyone like to have the original manuals shipped to them, I can't say definitely but I imagine my friend would be willing to do it for the shipping cost plus perhaps a nominal fee to cover the cost of his time.

(4) How about original installation materials, I haven't checked but we probably have enormous quantities of original tapes and CDs and so on with VMS on them. Is anyone willing to pay shipping plus nominal costs? I could try to read these and put them online, but I suspect this would be a bridge too far for HP to endorse.

cheers, Nick
Author RE: Scanning VMS documentation
Bruce Claremont
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Posts: 506
Joined: 07.01.10
Posted on February 04 2017 00:01
From VMS 6.1 forward documentation and kits were available on CD. Places like Bitsavers have scanned material prior to that.

HP definitely frowns on uncontrolled distribution of software. Hence the VMS Hpbbyist program.
Author RE: Scanning VMS documentation
bofh
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Posts: 7
Joined: 09.03.07
Posted on February 05 2017 05:22
I'm very interested in (4). Contact me via PM, please.
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June 26 2018
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malmberg
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