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OpenVMS Hobbyist Program | OpenVMS Hobbyist Media Kits | OpenVMS VAX Media Kits
Author VAC Cobol - any legal way to get it for a hobbist pack?

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Joined: 19.06.07
Posted on June 19 2007 16:18
I am really wanting to play around with VAX/Cobol (or whatever it is called these days...) and was slightly disappointed to find it was not on the Hobby pack any longer. (I should read the website and not the PDF!)

Is there any reasonable way to get it? I tried calling 1-800-digital and asking for the product # on the hobbist web site, but was met by blank incomprehension and a great offer on a Proliant... <grin>

This is not for commercial use, this is only to play on a simulated VAX running in SimH. I think we are seriously going to look at the Itanium product line to move some of our resell products from IBM to HP, but this has nothing to do with it. I just want to play, and I LOVE Cobol.


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Author DSPP ?

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Posted on June 20 2007 04:06
If you are a company member of DSPP (and if not do consider it) then you can download the COBOL compiler.

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Posted on June 20 2007 04:33
I do not think the [i:581792f727]Vax[/i:581792f727] COBOL compiler is up there - I can see the Alpha and Itanium versions though. Also, I am not sure that you can download those versions for "Hobbist" use since they come with their own keys.

I [i:581792f727]think[/i:581792f727] that if I can find media, it will be okay to load the compiler on the hhobbist VAX version Karen and I have running at home to play with. At least, there was a license for it that came with the layered license pack (see below).

Thank you for the pointer though.

l [code:1:581792f727]$ show license COBOL

Active licenses on node RSVAX1:

------- Product ID -------- ---- Rating ----- -- Version --
Product Producer Units Avail Activ Version Release Termination
COBOL DEC 0 0 100 0.0 (none) 30-JUN-2008

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Joined: 19.06.07
Posted on June 20 2007 10:43
Thanks for the good tips - I did not even think of looking on E-Bay! I'll aslo post a note on comp.os.vms.

IRT: Ancient hardware -- that's really the fun on playing with hobby class systems, at least to me. smiley


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Posted on June 20 2007 12:14
Would this thing be worth the asking price, as a hobby machine? And would it run the new 8.3 OS?



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Posted on June 20 2007 18:33
Yeah - I have been reading your pages and noticed that first thing. That is some really valuable writing you do over there! smiley

I saw the $1K zx2000 on ebay and my "possible crazy price" alert went off. It may be a really good price though. I think I will buy new from HP in the DSPP program for any real development machines; the prices seem hard to beat wth a stick.

Especially now that I see the Itanium is the only platform that is really supported. The news that the Alpha chip had been "retired" kind of surpised me, though I guess it shouldn't have.

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