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OpenVMS Hobbyist Program | Hobbyists and OpenVMS | Introduction Forum
Author Hello from New Zealand
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Posted on February 14 2006 21:48
Hello, Im David Goodwin and I live in Hamilton, New Zealand. I finished High School last year and am starting a Computer Science degree at the Waikato University this year.

I am interested in stuff made by Digital Equipment Corporation and RISC workstations along with linux, software development, networking, etc. Ive never had the chance to use OpenVMS but I hope to change that some time soon.

I dont have access to any systems that could run VMS at the moment - Ive never seen a VAX in real life and my only Alpha is a digital Multia with no SCSI, 16MB RAM, a 2GB harddisk, a floppy drive and no way of getting an OS onto it (as far as I know). I am currently trying to get my hands on a VAX but it seems that that there arent many unwanted systems (VAX or Alpha) lying arround near where I live and I cant afford to spend a great deal of money on purchasing systems or getting them shipped great distances. Ive only ever seen one VAX for sale on trademe.co.nz (like ebay) and it was expensive just like the occasional alphas that appear from time to time.

Hopefuly some time soon I will be able to get my hands on a VAX or Alpha which I could use to learn OpenVMS on - when that happens I will probabily visit here occasionaly.
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Posted on February 15 2006 00:39
[quote:2ad18ccfd4="Randomize"]Hello, Im David Goodwin and I live in Hamilton, New Zealand. I finished High School last year and am starting a Computer Science degree at the Waikato University this year.

I am interested in stuff made by Digital Equipment Corporation and RISC workstations along with linux, software development, networking, etc. Ive never had the chance to use OpenVMS but I hope to change that some time soon. [/quote:2ad18ccfd4]

It's great to see a young person take an interest in VMS!

[quote:2ad18ccfd4="Randomize"]I dont have access to any systems that could run VMS at the moment - Ive never seen a VAX in real life and my only Alpha is a digital Multia with no SCSI, 16MB RAM, a 2GB harddisk, a floppy drive and no way of getting an OS onto it (as far as I know). I am currently trying to get my hands on a VAX but it seems that that there arent many unwanted systems (VAX or Alpha) lying arround near where I live and I cant afford to spend a great deal of money on purchasing systems or getting them shipped great distances. Ive only ever seen one VAX for sale on trademe.co.nz (like ebay) and it was expensive just like the occasional alphas that appear from time to time.

Hopefuly some time soon I will be able to get my hands on a VAX or Alpha which I could use to learn OpenVMS on - when that happens I will probabily visit here occasionaly.[/quote:2ad18ccfd4]

There are "public access" VMS systems available; you can obtain a minimally-privileged account for free, and using the available online resources, (e.g., OpenVMS FAQ, documentation set, etc.) you can teach yourself the basics of the environment. Minimally-privileged users can still compile, link, and debug code without issue, on a properly-configured system.

The two "public access" systems that I use regularly are:

TELNET to gein.vistech.net (username and password NEWUSER to register for an account)
TELNET to eisner.decuserve.org (username REGISTRATION to register for an account)

Both systems have a number of knowledgeable folks who can sometimes help with newbie-type questions. Good luck!
http://www.turquoisewitch.com/~bradh
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Posted on February 15 2006 23:29
Well, ive spent a few hours playing arround with OpenVMS on gein.vistech.net and I see that I will have to get myself some hardware so I can have a go at installing, configuring and running an OpenVMS system smiley.

So far ive compiled a C++ "Hello World!" application, spent 20 minutes trying to find out how to get out of LSEdit, stumbled onto the create command while attempting to create a new directory, tested out what appears to be file versioning, spent a while reading through stuff using notes, found that ~ appears to point to the home directory like on UNIX, and probabily spent about 20 minutes trying to figure out DCL until I decided it would be better if i just came back after reading some documentation.
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Posted on February 22 2006 02:23
[quote:1d288dfa83="Randomize"]Well, ive spent a few hours playing arround with OpenVMS on gein.vistech.net and I see that I will have to get myself some hardware so I can have a go at installing, configuring and running an OpenVMS system smiley.

So far ive compiled a C++ "Hello World!" application, spent 20 minutes trying to find out how to get out of LSEdit, stumbled onto the create command while attempting to create a new directory, tested out what appears to be file versioning, spent a while reading through stuff using notes, found that ~ appears to point to the home directory like on UNIX, and probabily spent about 20 minutes trying to figure out DCL until I decided it would be better if i just came back after reading some documentation.[/quote:1d288dfa83]

How's the reading going? :-) The User's Guide is very useful as a tutorial "tool" (e.g., log on to your public access VMS account, and try out the examples in the Guide, and make up some of your own). The SET and SHOW commands are a good jumping-off point, and I see you've already had a go at compiling.

<ctrl-Z> is the usual method for exiting an application. CREATE and CREATE/DIRECTORY lend some "fun" to the learning process. HELP is your friend in DCL, but access to a resource like the User's Guide, or <http://dcl.openvms.org> can also be HELPful.

Good luck, and ask away, if you have more questions.
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Posted on February 24 2006 04:26
See here for a useful set of links to info to help you on your way.
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
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I have a PE42A and other Alpha system stuff for sale. I'm in So California. Any interest out there?

goodbyespy
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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
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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.

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https://sourceforge.net/p
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August 07 2017
Where can I find the write up on running VMS 6.1 using the simh emulator?

Bart
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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

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