PersonalAlpha is great and working well, but on 128mb of memory? Even for a hobbyist this is VERY inconvenient. I admit that CHARON-AXP NCE would give me an ES40, but then I would need to buy a quad-processor system with 2 ethernets and 8gb of memory, plus install some kind of Linux on it.
Anybody have a suggestion for a solution somewhere between these extremes?
Hey, count yourself lucky. I've been running OpenVMS 8.3 in the ES40 Alpha emulator under Fedora Core 12 (Linux) for a day now and I've already fixed six trivial bugs in the code just today. It looks like this thing could easily become production quality if more people who are capable of fixing bugs would run with it and run into them. And it didn't take much know how to fix those bugs either. Alas, I haven't put my fixes into the SourceForge CVS respository because what's in CVS doesn't appear to be in a consistent buildable state or at least not snapshotted, hence I can't integration test anything I might put in there. It appears someone started something in there and didn't finish (some nine or more months ago now).
The ES40 emulator had a lot of promise, but looks to be an orphaned project. There hasn't been any new releases or code commits in quite some time. Even the mailing lists and forums have been dormant.
I believe the original developer of the code joined up with "Migration Specialties" to develop a commercial Alpha emulator called "Avanti" and its free little brother "FreeAXP".
FreeAXP looks to have less restrictions than PersonalAlpha, but still has a 128MB RAM limit. There should be a beta release of FreeAXP soon.
I've not seen any details on Avanti as far as release dates, features, or pricing. But it would appear they intend for it to compete with the Charon series of commercial Alpha emulators.
Another solution may be to pick up a cheap / used Alpha. I recently had a DS10 given to me and only had to cover shipping costs. You can easily find some AlphaServers that outperform PersonalAlpha for sale for under $350 USD.
I would like to see the ES40 opensource emulator development continued.
I would be very interested in these fixes too. I have never been able to get ES40 to boot fully. I seem to be able to get to different points in the boot process depending on the version of OpenVMS used and they it usually bugchecks. Which version of OpenVMS would you recommend? I have tried 7.3-2, 8.2 and 8.3 so far.
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!