I was an undergrad during the early '90s. Although I had plenty of access to computers on the campus network, I always lusted after real hardware of my own that I could run at home. Spent years at junk shops, auctions, and swap meets. Came really close to getting a number of systems working...except for that one part I could never find. Or software that was unobtainable. Or RD52s that last just about long enough to find out that my install media is corrupt. Little bitty disks, slow CPUs, not enough memory. Eventually gave up and donated most of my hardware to others who might carry the torch farther than I did.
But now, SIMH is like the promised land! Not just one machine brimming with tasty hardware, but as many as I want to instantiate! And between all of them, they occupy zero volume and have no mass. Moving a KL10B in the middle of the night was fun, but virtual machines that I can spin up and play with without becoming an equipment roadie and amateur plumber...Priceless.
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!