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.
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 t.com/forum/viewthread.ph p?forum_id=130&thread_id= 2991
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!