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OpenVMS Hobbyist Program | VAX Systems Forums | VAX Hardware Forum
Author Wanted: MicroVAX or VAXStation in Richmond, VA
TeamBlackFox
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Joined: 26.02.15
Posted on February 26 2015 15:37
Well, after a long time of admiration for the VAX family, I'm finally ready to take the plunge and look into getting a VAX.

I plan to run OpenVMS on it and run it from remote X ( if a mVAX ) or local graphics ( if a VAXStation )

I'd like to spend no more than $300, and ideally get at least a VAXStation 4000 series or a mVAX 4xxx series machine, but I do know these are still in demand for some companies, so I may be unable to do this.

I'm willing to pay for shipping if its in the continental US, or if you're local to the Richmond area, or within an hour or two, I can meet you.

Thanks for looking.
Author RE: Wanted: MicroVAX or VAXStation in Richmond, VA
Bruce Claremont
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Posted on February 27 2015 02:29
Go with SimH VAX for free and use DECwindows to handle graphics.
Author RE: Wanted: MicroVAX or VAXStation in Richmond, VA
TeamBlackFox
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Posted on March 03 2015 18:52
No thank you, not really interested in emulation to be honest!
Author RE: Wanted: MicroVAX or VAXStation in Richmond, VA
malmberg
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Posted on March 04 2015 03:27
As for what to look for see: http://sourceforge.net/p/vms-ports/wiki/VMSHardware/

The fastest way to get real VAX hardware running if you do not have a running VMS system is to set up a running VMS system using an emulator and have the real hardware do a network boot from it.

CD-ROMs are rare on VAXen. The companies that I worked at used Infoservers to supply the CD-ROM images to the network.

Option A: Set up an Infoserver on a real or emulated Alpha running VMS. (Real IA64 also works)
Option B: Set up SimH/VAX as a cluster boot node.

Finding affordable hardware is simply a bit of luck. You might also inquire on the comp.os.vms newsgroup.
Author RE: Wanted: MicroVAX or VAXStation in Richmond, VA
malmberg
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Posted on March 05 2015 14:39
On comp.os.vms today by coincidence is someone in New Jersey that has a Vaxstation that they say they want to get rid of.

I do not have any other details about it.

The poster is William Pechter, and the topic is "Re: portable sequential file formats (was: Re: Couple of questions on VMS -> world)
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malmberg
August 04 2022
No more VAX hobbyist licenses. Community licenses for Alpha/IA64/X86_64 VMS Software Inc. Commercial VMS software licenses for VAX available from HPE.

ozboomer
July 20 2022
Just re-visiting.. No more hobbyist licenses? Is that from vmssoftware.com, no 'community' licenses?

valdirfranco
July 01 2022
No more hobbyist license...sad

mister_wavey
February 12 2022
I recall that the disks failed on the public access VMS systems that included Fafner

parwezw
January 03 2022
Anyone know what happened to FAFNER.DYNDS.ORG? I had a hobbyist account here but can longer access the site.

gtackett
October 27 2021
Make that DECdfs _2.1A_ for Vax

gtackett
October 27 2021
I'm looking for DECdfs V2.4A kit for VAX. Asking here just in case anyone is still listening.

MarkRLV
September 17 2021
At one time, didn't this web site have a job board? I would love to use my legacy skills one last time in my career.

malmberg
January 18 2021
New Hobbyist PAKs for VAX/VMS are no longer available according to reports. Only commercial licenses are reported to be for sale from HPE

dfilip
January 16 2021
Can someone please point me to hobbyist license pak? I'm looking for VAX/VMS 7.1, DECnet Phase IV, and UCX/TCPIP ... have the 7.1 media, need the license paks ... thanks!

Bart
October 16 2020
OpenVMS, and this website!

malmberg
September 05 2020
VSI community non-commercial licenses for AXP/IA64 are available now.

malmberg
September 05 2020
See the forum about licensing. Don't know if HPE hobby licenses still being issued. Commercial licenses still being sold.

silfox70
September 01 2020
I need the license for OpenVMS7.3. Where can I find them?

malmberg
August 29 2020
Eisner, which is currently being moved, got an SSH update and the keys were updated to more modern encryption standards.

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