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OpenVMS Hobbyist Program | Hobbyists and OpenVMS | Introduction Forum
Author Excited to find this site!

Posts: 7
Joined: 17.08.19
Posted on August 17 2019 17:26
Hello, my name is Brian. I'm a retired software engineer/executive and in my retirement I'm a junkie for resurrecting old vintage computer hardware and operating systems. I have ZERO experience with VMS, although it's always been on my list to learn. I like hardware as much as software, so I have my eye on a couple of different Alphastations for sale and will probably buy one shortly. I stumbled on this site when I went looking for information on getting VMS, since the Alphastations I'm looking at aren't clear as to what OS they have, if any. Although most probably feel that newer-is-better I will want to install the earliest version of VMS that supported the hardware I eventually get, since I want that vintage feel. I hope something in the 6.x or 7.x range is still available. I signed up for DECUS membership and then followed the instructions for requesting information from HPE. This site/forum as really helped me in the few hours since I discovered it. Thank you in advance for all the people that will surely roll their eyes at some dumb question I ask but are kind enough to help me anyway. -Brian
Author RE: Excited to find this site!
Bruce Claremont

Posts: 599
Joined: 07.01.10
Posted on August 18 2019 03:36
Welcome aboard. Be sure to look into the VMS Hobbyist program.
Author RE: Excited to find this site!

Posts: 527
Joined: 15.04.08
Posted on August 22 2019 02:22

Some reading, particularly before you buy hardware or install the OS.


HPE only provides the latest media under the hobbyist programs and generally does not allow public posting of their licensed media on the Internet.

So you may to find someone that can arrange a private transfer of older media.

Generally though, the older media does not include the patch kits.
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