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OpenVMS Hobbyist Program | Hobbyists and OpenVMS | Introduction Forum
Author Hello from a long time VAX fan

Posts: 5
Location: California, USA, Earth
Joined: 30.09.16
Posted on November 11 2017 09:26
It seems there are a decent number of people who appreciate the good hardware and software of Digital. While I never had the space (or power) for a real VAX, I've had my own VAXstation for more than a decade and a half, and now I have several VAXstations.

I do a bit of work on NetBSD, which, as far as I know, is the only modern OS that is actively updated which runs on VAX.

My first VAXstation 4000/60 is still running perfectly and is hosting email via sendmail and a web site via Apache which has a how-to for setting up an email server. It's proof that you don't need tons of CPU and other resources to run modern services.

I also have a couple of Alpha DS25L systems. One might end up running VMS as well.

I've always been curious about VMS, and I even joined this site a while ago, but I never got around to taking the time to install VMS - until now. I'm looking forward to the journey!
Author RE: Hello from a long time VAX fan

Posts: 527
Joined: 15.04.08
Posted on November 11 2017 16:31
I would think a VAXstation 4000/60 was a real VAX.

Currently my only active VAX is a SimH instance running in an LXD container on Ubuntu 14.04 on an old Pentium (530 J?). I am getting about 6 VUPs on it.
Author RE: Hello from a long time VAX fan

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Location: California, USA, Earth
Joined: 30.09.16
Posted on November 27 2017 20:48
Yes, a VAXstation is still real DEC hardware, which is what matters smiley It's well made and is still very, very reliable.

What I meant by real VAX, though, was one that could be used to keep an apartment or small house warm in the winter. I don't know that I'll ever have one, but you never know.

I haven't yet had time to get started with VMS, but when I do I plan to write up my experiences and perhaps make a how-to - VMS for Unix geeks - or something like that. I'll post my experiences here smiley

Author RE: Hello from a long time VAX fan

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Location: Germantown, MD, US
Joined: 04.06.16
Posted on December 02 2017 01:55
"This is a simple HTML site running via bozohttpd on NetBSD 8.0 BETA on a VAXstation 4000/60. Yep, you read that correctly - real VAX hardware."


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