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,
gtacketton September 27 2017 04:05
Now that the free license has expired over a year ago for the evaluation kit for V8.4-2, the only way to use it would be to set your system time and date to some date previous to 9/30/2016.