My name is Kamil, I'm a postgrad from Poland -- just defended my thesis in the field of Computer Science less than two months ago.
I was a long term GNU/Linux enthusiast and user (like 15 years) and few months ago moved to NetBSD (it supports the VAX hardware).
I'm interested in the VAX architecture and finally have the time to focus on it. I'm going to buy a few books with the assembler and architecture of this DEC's hardware.
I wish I tried and ran OpenVMS as well on this legacy hardware platform... and have farther plans (like to work on a FPGA board to reimplement the VAX processor architecture), however I cannot find any hardware in my country, neither in the neighbours' countries.
Ebay prices aren't accessible for me and the ebay hardware is normally untested, without peripherals (DEC keyboard, display monitor), often without disks and is unacceptable expensive... I think no more words are needed and everybody knows of it; to make it short: I'm looking for a working VAX workstation to be given in good hands. Shipping through a friend of mine in U.S. is possible.
Thank you, yes I know SimH and I've found already a short guide to run OpenBSD inside it . I will run currently the BSD systems, because I'm more familiar with Unices then unfortunatelly still unknown OpenVMS -- and it's better to get aquainted with the architecture, and later familiarise OpenVMS -- not everything at once.
- "Vax Architecture Reference Manual" by Timothy E. Leonard
- "Computer Architecture and Vax Assembly Language Programming" by James E. Brink
- "VAX Assembly Language (2nd Edition)" by Sara Baase
- "Vax Architecture Reference Manual" by Richard A. Brunner
Probably they may be redundant in some extend, however they cost nothing (books are sold against $0.01 + shipping), so I will take them four paying mostly for a single shippment.
I've examined that there is VAX support in GCC (better to take an old version from NetBSD-6: 4.1.3, because newer are affected with numerous bugs ).
There is also VAX support in the C compiler PCC, but I don't know of it's quality.
Additionally you don't have to find little bits of slightly obscure hardware or something that has the proper quirks to function with your "real VAX". Been there, done that - it's not fun to get the machine home and then find out that you need to source something odd (e.g. disk sled, SCSI cable, DSSI drive, SCSI drive that works with an '80s controller/firmware - the list can go on). With simh or another VAX simulator you can go straight into exploring the architecture.
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!