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Where to register for OpenVMS Hobbyists
WIth the split of HP into HP and HP Enterprise, there's been a change in the location for getting Hobbyist Licenses. It's now on the HP Enterprise web sites, which are all using the hpe.com domain.

The new location is HPE OpenVMS Hobbyist Registration

Happy VMS-ing!
HobbyistOne on September 10 2016 10:29 · 0 Comments · 34 Reads · Print
OpenVMS Boot Camp Early Bird Registration
MembersConnect Worldwide has extended the early -bird registration deadline for the OpenVMS Boot Camp! Sounds like many of our European friends tend to have holidays about this time, so they didn't want anyone to miss it.

The OpenVMS Boot Camp features a variety of Keynotes:

The Future of VSI Multi-Vendor Storages
Business Value of VMS
VSI ISV Partner Solution
VIS - Company Strategy and Directions
New VSI TCP/IP
VSI Roadmaps
VSI Engineering Panel

In addition, there are over 50 break-out sessions, so there should be lots of interesting information to be found. I wonder if there will be a VMS Magic session?

Early-bird registration is $1,295 and you can register at OpenVMS Boot Camp 2016 home page.

HobbyistOne on August 30 2016 17:21
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OpenVMS Alpha Field Test
SoftwareFor 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,

For complete information, and to register, check out VMS Software's web site at http://vmssoftware.com/alpha/.
HobbyistOne on May 03 2016 05:23
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OpenVMS BootCamp 2015
MembersThe 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.

For more information, check out the OpenVMS BootCamp 2015 web site.
HobbyistOne on September 01 2015 01:47
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A couple of DS20s need a home
HardwareI 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.
hayes1966 on April 21 2015 06:45
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OpenVMS License Registration Move
SoftwareDue 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.

You can get your licenses at HP's OpenVMS Hobbyist Registration page.

We hope that OpenVMS.org will be back better than ever soon!
HobbyistOne on April 21 2015 06:39
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PDP-8 Rescue Road Trip
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.

HobbyistOne on March 19 2014 04:57
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There is life after OpenVMS
NewsSaw 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.
HobbyistOne on December 04 2013 18:48
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Need a Doc Sec? Or a PDP 11 Clone?
HardwareA long-time DEC enthusiast in Dallas has a full VMS doc set circa 1990, plus a Plessy PDP 11 clone looking for a happy home.

If you know of one (and could come pick it up!), let me know and we'll arrange for the 'adoption'.
HobbyistOne on April 21 2013 08:50
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TECO Still Lives!
SoftwareWhile 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:

http://almy.us/teco.html

TECO is available for a wide variety of platforms, with a distribution for any likely desktop of choice!
HobbyistOne on October 21 2012 17:27
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Terry Shannon at DFWDays, Dallas TX, 1998
MembersI 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.

HobbyistOne on September 18 2012 17:57
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malmberg
August 17 2016
The hobbyist license does not restrict you to a version of VMS for non-commercial use. For commercial use, HPE has programs for pre-sale testing of products. VMS 8.4 is the current release.

user
August 11 2016
Can I get license for OpenVMS 8.3 for testing TCP/IP services?

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"smiley
$ 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 smiley

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..

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