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

Posts: 4
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: 461
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

Posts: 4
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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April 05 2018
ah maybe they love that!

March 24 2018
Probably. More people hang out on the comp.os.vms newsgroup.

March 23 2018
I have a PE42A and other Alpha system stuff for sale. I'm in So California. Any interest out there?

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February 24 2018
How much does it cost to buy a complete OpenVMS hardcopy documentation set of the latest version

February 17 2018
Please help to obtain the license on OpenVMS

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.

December 08 2017
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December 02 2017
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September 10 2017
lation/ For the most part just use VMS 6.1 media instead of 7.3. But why run the older release?

August 07 2017
Where can I find the write up on running VMS 6.1 using the simh emulator?

March 20 2017
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March 16 2017
peteherrera. Agreed.

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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