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Author Hello from St.-Petersburg, Russia

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Location: St.-Peterburg, Russia
Joined: 28.06.16
Posted on June 29 2016 02:50
Hello all!

My name is Alexander, I'm software engineer and obsolete computer systems is one of my hobbies. Recently I bought old Compaq AlphaServer DS-10, it seems to be working but it came to me without hard drive inside, so there is no any operating system installed, of course. I've decided to try to install OpenVMS on it.

In my programmer's life I've just running compilation of my programs on Alpha servers with Tru64 Unix installed while worked in one cross-platform project. However I've never see such servers physically and never get them in my hands till present time. So bring one of them back to operational is very interesting for mesmiley

Please let me one newby question - Is there difference between OpenVMS and Tru64 Unix? Is them are synonims or them are different operation systems? I've found this forum looking a way to download legal copy of Tru64... Unfortunately, all I've heard about OpenVMS that it was OS, running on PDP-11...

Thank you!
Author RE: Hello from St.-Petersburg, Russia
Bruce Claremont

Posts: 599
Joined: 07.01.10
Posted on June 30 2016 03:34
Tru64 UNIX and OpenVMS are entirely different operating systems. Tru64 UNIX is a Unix derivative developed by DEC in the 1980's & 1990's for the Alpha and Integrity platforms. It is no longer supported and I am not aware of any free licenses for the O/S.

OpenVMS was developed in the 1970's by DEC for the VAX platform. It remains a supported O/S, having served on the VAX, Alpha, and Integrity platforms. It is now being supported by VSi and is to be ported to the X86 platform. The OpenVMS Hobbyist Program provides free licenses to registered users for non-commercial use.
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