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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.
Connect 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 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?
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.
malmberg December 17 2016 I do not know what the status of the last known business that was handling the Digital PDP-11 os software.
malmberg December 17 2016 There is a special license for hobbyist to run some Digital's OSs on SimH/PDP-11 only.
Real hardware technically needs a new license.
bamchchnz December 14 2016 Hello, this is my first post to this news group. I have installed openVMS on Alpha and a small VAX. However a friend has just given me a microPDP11/73 which is running RT-11. However I'd like t
abrsvc October 21 2016 The license process takes a few days. I believe that it is processed in India so there are time zonesinvolved too.
bnovak October 18 2016 Is hobbyst license program still active? I have request license, today, when have to expect answer?
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