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OpenVMS Alpha Field Test
For those that are still running Alpha's, there's good news. You're still loved! VMS Software has announced a evaluation kit for VMS V8.4-2 for all Alpha platforms. The kit comes with a free license good until September 30, 2016, after which you will have to use your real licenses or a Hobbyist license.
If you don't have an existing VMS 8.3 or later Alpha's running OpenVMS, this evaluation kit isn't for you, since it will only upgrade these systems. You can't install it from scratch.
Also note that Layered Products may not install on this version of OpenVMS, since they check for the "HP" producer, and this installation has a producer of "VSI". See the release notes for hints that may help with some of these issues,
The 2015 OpenVMS BootCamp is open for registration. If you are looking to get some of the latest information about OpenVMS, this is the place to be. The BootCamp is full of hour long sessions covering a wide variety of OpenVMS topics like Database, Network, Programming, Storage, Hardware, Migration, Security, and System Management. Your Speakers are from VMS Software, Inc and many other companies that provide OpenVMS products, support, consulting.
There is also a Silent Auction of VMS Memorabilia benefiting the Future Leaders of Technology Scholarship Fund.
OpenVMS BootCamp is on Sept. 27th through 30th at the Radisson Nashua Hotel, New Hampshire.
I have a couple of DS20s that my last employer abandoned. They were configured in a cluster on a san and have fiber cards installed. I bought some new (second hand) disks on ebay but don't have the time to put together. I am in CT but can travel some bit to a good home. I also have some distributions and manuals.
Due to the many happenings at OpenVMS.org, mainly being that it's down for maintenance, refreshing, revamping, rehosting, and such, the OpenVMS Hobbyist License Registration has changed locations. Now, it's being fully hosted on HP's servers for extra convenience.
In July of 1996, John Wisniewski, Pat Jankowiak, and David Cathey made a road trip to St. Louis to recover a collection of PDP-8 systems and other hardware. This is the story of the trip. While this isn't OpenVMS related, it is showing dedication to Digital Equipment Corporation and the durability of the hardware they made.
Saw a reference to somone many in the OpenVMS community should know: Rich Marcello. Rich was common at many DECUS events and was the Vice President of Business Critical Systems. So what's he been up to lately?
It was a surprise to me, that Rich is also an accomplished musician and author. Not something I ever realized during those late evenings at DECUS talking technology with the VP's. You can check out some of his music on SoundCloud at https://soundcloud.com/Marcellorich and it's very impressive work. He's go a new book coming out next year, so that will be worth a look.
While not a globally popular editor, it's definitely one with a proud following and useful features. If you'd like to continue to use TECO, especially in environments that were TECO-challenges, check this:
TECO is available for a wide variety of platforms, with a distribution for any likely desktop of choice!
I found an audio file of Terry Shannon when he spoke at the Dallas/Ft. Worth DFWDays in 1998. I thought that Hobbyists would find it interesting to hear Terry Shannon/Charlie Matco/Cedric Zool speak on the DEC/Compaq merger, Alpha Wildfire, IA64, and other OpenVMS related topics.
And check out part where is says "In addition, the OpenVMS Hobbyist Program offers kits containing OpenVMS Base O/S software and selected Layered Products via download." I know this is something that's been asked about on several occasions, and HP has finally taken it to heart. This should also allow the Hobbyist Program to provide a lot more Layered Products that previously available.
HP has decided to take ownership of delivering licenses for Hobbyist users, making it an official Customer Engagement function. As such, Hobby Licenses will no longer be available through this site. Details of the HP's delivery of licenses to Hobbyist Users is still under development and I hope that they will have an announcement soon.
I've been involved and hosting licensing for the Hobbyist Program for nearly 15 years. Hard to believe that it's been that long. And many of you have been around since the beginning. Few products in this industry have that kind of customer retention.
I'd really like to thank Pat Jankowiak and Mark Gorham for making the Hobbyist Program possible. Sue Skonetski and Stephen Hoffman for all their technical assistance over the years. Ian Miller, Bruce Claremont, and John Malmberg for helping admin the site. Thanks to all the various Chapters from around the world for their support. And of course, all the Hobbyists who have enjoyed the program.
And of finally, I would like to thank my colleague, my friend, and the Best Man at my wedding, John Wisniewski. He spent a lot of time convincing the Digital VP's that this was a good thing.
Here's to another 15 years!
David Cathey aka HobbyistOne
Bart February 02 2016 New tutorials about OpenVMS and DECwindows on a Mac
http://www.divit.nl/index .php/nl/openvms/tipstrics -nl
malmberg November 10 2015 The pinned topic in the Alpha License PAK discussion under Hobbyist Licensing should cover this.
Bart November 03 2015 openvMS Hobbyist info here; http://www.divit.nl/index .php/openvms/tips-trics
spikeandharley October 28 2015 How do I find out about the OpenVMS Hobbyist Chapters and how do I obtain a membership number?
abrsvc October 27 2015 RE: puterbau
Check to see that you are in the correct port (1) and that the comm is set to 9600 8 bit no parity
puterbau October 26 2015 I just bought a used DS10L running OpenVMS 7.3. I hooked a VT520 up to it using a 25 pin to 9 pin adapter.I'm not getting any video on the monitor. Any thoughts anyone?
262277 October 05 2015 If I execute the lexical F$GETJPI for rights list information I receive the following:
$ rl = f$getjpi("","rightslist"
$ sho sym rl
RL = "MRD,INTERACTIVE,LOCAL,VM
malmberg September 30 2015 The crashdump or possibly the console messages are needed for accurate diagnostics. Machine Checks usually indicate a hardware failure, and can be tripped by electrical spikes.
rlfitch September 29 2015 In the last 6 weeks my OpenVMS system has crashed 3 times without having made any changes to OpenVMS (background/detached programs, user running programs, system programs/drivers, etc.). I'm not s
malmberg September 25 2015 I had to give up on that site. It was making me request a password reset every time I went to it. I e-mailed D.Turner via his posting e-mail and no answer. Try posting on comp.os.vms with a suitabl
jbelicka September 22 2015 Hey anybody figured out how to register a username into the OpenVMS News site? Perhaps I'm missing it but all I see is a place to reset a password
malmberg September 22 2015 There should have been text in the e-mail to contact the sender for a temporary ftp user/password for any media download needed.
SYSMGR September 21 2015 I gopt my keys by email - the commandfile to install them as an attachement. There is no temprorary URL involved..
malmberg September 21 2015 The latest are on the CD/DVD images available for download from the temporary URL in or from the address that you got your Hobby license keys from.
SYSMGR September 20 2015 I'm looking for latest compilers for AXP (hoibbyist) on CD/DVD.