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OpenVMS Hobbyist Program | Hobbyists and OpenVMS | How I Use OpenVMS
Author How I can't use OpenVMS
antoniob
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Location: Norway
Joined: 15.05.09
Posted on May 22 2009 12:26
Last year I was lucky to get a VaxStation 4000/60 and some BSD ran very happily on it.
But ... as it is said VMS is so much intellectually superior I wanted to taste that wonderful OS. So I decided to join a DECUS chapter. I'm in Norway, and from the main encompass page I clicked on the appropriate link with brought me to some Compaq page completely unrelated. Next I tried HP-Interex Sweden, which happens to give membership for free! so I registered and marked the option "Montagar" to get enrolled in the OpenVMS Hobbyist program. Their page told me I had to wait 5 days to get my data. After one week and not hearing back, I decided Sweden was dead, so I turned into the mother house at connect-community, where some very kind people (thank you Barbara and Jillian!) answered my questions and took care of my registration, which would take several days, they told me. Ok, there's no hurry and the fee is reasonable: $50. (some chapters, like the british one, ask for insane amounts of money).
I got a member's login but still no DECUS number but as I said I'm in no hurry and I understand that the nice folk at connect-community.org are probably volunteers.
In the meanwhile, and funny enough, the same day I got my login on connect-community.org (but not the DECUS #) I got a welcome email from Marina @HP-Interex Sweden. Heia! Sweden's alive. And that precious email has a member's number. Jepp! Champaign!
That was the 18th may (of the current year: 2009), but I decided to wait few days, because it seems me that VMS people need some time to sync their stuff and I suspected my fresh number. despite the "Montagar" registration, would need some time to cross the big ocean from the shores of Yurop to the Empire.
Today, 22/23th may, I went on Montagar to register licenses, and guess what: I was told my DECUS number isn't on record and that I must ask my chapter.

Well well well ...
Needless to say I didn't wait two weeks without doing nothing: I downloaded an OpenVMS VAX 7.3 from the wild internet and installed it on my vaxstation. I still need licenses to fully use the system.
Or maybe not, I guess craking the licensing scheme will not be so hard. And please don't lecture me about legalities, we all know legalities are local politics but computing is science.
That can be interesting:
how long time is needed to crack VMS licenses vs. how long it takes to get a DECUS membership

I suspect for some mysterious reason, VMS folk don't want others to learn their OS, so everything possible is done to avoid members.

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Author RE: How I can't use OpenVMS
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Joined: 24.02.06
Posted on May 23 2009 12:33
To provide feedback on the hobbyist programme and other OpenVMS programmes then email openvms.programs at hp dot com

This email address is monitored by the aforementioned Sujatha and others.
http://www.encompasserve.org/~miller/
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LouF91
April 05 2018
ah maybe they love that!

malmberg
March 24 2018
Probably. More people hang out on the comp.os.vms newsgroup.

vaxpert
March 23 2018
I have a PE42A and other Alpha system stuff for sale. I'm in So California. Any interest out there?

goodbyespy
February 27 2018
To Prohorenko. Please, visit group OpenVMS in the ok.ru

peteherrera
February 24 2018
How much does it cost to buy a complete OpenVMS hardcopy documentation set of the latest version

prohorenko
February 17 2018
Please help to obtain the license on OpenVMS

malmberg
December 12 2017
HPE only makes the most current version of OpenVMS Alpha / IA64 /VAX available to hobbyists. When I had access to the Alliance 1 program it was the same. No public downloads are allowed by HPE.

nmbonao
December 08 2017
Is anybody knows OpenVMS 8.2 version downloadable version? or CD copy? Thank you very much

aarommes
December 02 2017
Bitcoin and Blockchain enthusiasts ( plus distributed computing ) please connec / reply: http://www.openvmshobbyis
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malmberg
September 10 2017
https://sourceforge.net/p
/vms-ports/wiki/VMSInstal
lation/ For the most part just use VMS 6.1 media instead of 7.3. But why run the older release?


DoeveR
August 07 2017
Where can I find the write up on running VMS 6.1 using the simh emulator?

Bart
March 20 2017
Happy to have found my password again!

pintero
March 16 2017
peteherrera. Agreed.

peteherrera
March 04 2017
It would be nice to be able to buy the lastest hardcopy full OpenVMS docset at a very reduced price through the Hobbyist program. smiley

malmberg
February 05 2017
Decus > Connect > Encompass<Country>

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