The Open VMS Program is great. I worked with VAX VMS from 1982 to 1989 as an application programmer (FORTRAN) and system manager. My greatest accomplishment though was developping a DecWindows application in C, in 1989.
For the last 5 years, I have been playing around with GNU/Linux, C programming and Shell usage (mostly Bash).
When I got back to VMS, first with the DECUSERVE server and then with my own simulated VAX (on Simh), I realized how DCL is so much simpler to use than the Unix shells. If you need help, just type ...
And VMS's interactive help is much simpler to use than the Unix's man.
Commands are easier to remember:
to delete a file ("rm" in Unix, makes sense too, but you have to remember that it is the abbreviation of "remove".)
to change the name of a file ("mv" for "move" in Unix).
to print the content of a text file (Unix: "cat", why?).
And the best:
to ... you guess what (in Unix "grep" - what the h... !!!!????).
Well, just to say it is a lot of fun to be able to use a no nonsense OS again. Thanks to the Hobbyist team.
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!