a few words about myself...I am 35 years old, work in the IT business, live in north / western part of Germany and have a couple of years of experience with MS Windows server OS and the BSD family.
I had my first experience with DEC Equipment in 2004 (a DEC 3000/300LX ("Pelica+")) which was first running OpenBSD Alpha, but for curiosity I got my hands on Hobbyist OpenVMS 7.3-1 license pretty soon. My experience was very limited, system ran on serial terminal and I did not have the time to play with it, so I sold it (regretted much later - this system was built like a tank).
In 2012 I got hands on two Alphastations 4/166, one working fine, other one has defective power supply (would like to exchange it with a PC-style PS - anyone experience in rewiring ?). The working one has OpenVMS 8.3 (incl. DEC Windows), currently I am digging deeper into OpenVMS, configuration and general system understanding. Would love to bring both together in a working manner...well...cluster / sharing research.
C programming is one motivation for me, according to OpenVMS reputation I would expect a well designed programming environment and the opportunity to learn more about OpenVMS in general.
In my humble opinion, OpenVMS is worth learining it and by far not dead yet
(though I would love to verify the reputation of "when downtime is not an option") vs. reality (still running installations in government, military, public transport, stock exchanges etc.), kudos to Hewlett Packard for keeping it running on a total of 3 totally different hardware platforms and providing excellent documentation.
Edited by petet0n76 on March 09 2012 04:30
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!