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Author Can I install OpenVMS along with Windows XP on my home compu

Posts: 1
Joined: 18.12.05
Posted on December 18 2005 15:40
I am new to OpenVMS os. And I have no hardware to practice with.

So, my first silly question would be: can I install an OpenVMS operation system on my home computer which has WindowXP?

I have been developing Window's Application Software for years, using Visual C++6.0. There is a Visual C++ for OpenVMS: HP OpenVMS Enterprise Tookit. Can I program with this toolkit and then migrate it to OpenVMS system quickly? I tried to download the evaluation version of this toolkit, but failed.

Any suggestions would be very helpful.
Author VAX emulators

Posts: 30
Joined: 11.12.05
Posted on December 19 2005 00:42
[quote:9a0ea032a2]I am new to OpenVMS os. [/quote:9a0ea032a2]


[quote:9a0ea032a2]And I have no hardware to practice with.
So, my first silly question would be: can I install an OpenVMS operation system on my home computer which has WindowXP?[/quote:9a0ea032a2]

Sort of. OpenVMS only runs on Itanium, Alpha and VAX hardware. To get it running under Windows you need an emulator - currently there are emulators available to mimic VAX hardware on a Windows box.

Look at the CHARON-VAX product from Software Resources International (http://www.charon-vax.com); while this is a commercial product, they also provide free evaluation versions with fixed configuration and runtime limitations (http://www.softresint.com/charon-vax/Tools_and_tips.htm#freeware).

An alternative is the SIMH emulator (http://simh.trailing-edge.com/) which is freely available.

On the other hand, you can always look at eBay - you can frequently find older Alphas at affordable prices there. Sometimes even a VAX.

Hope this helps,
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