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What is the OpenVMS Hobbyist Program?
The OpenVMS Hobbyist Program is a program from HP and OpenVMS engineering that enables OpenVMS enthusiasts throughout the world to obtain OpenVMS Operating System Licenses and over 100 OpenVMS layered products for their VAX, Alpha or Itanium hardware for Individual use and education.

What is the cost for participating in this program and getting the Licenses?
There is no cost for participating, receiving and using the License PAKS for the OpenVMS Hobbyist Program. The recipients of this grant are bound by the grant's Terms and Conditions which protect HP's copyrights and intellectual property invested in OpenVMS.

Just what are the Terms & Conditions of the OpenVMS Hobbyist Program?
The Ts&Cs is the actual contract that HP lawyers insist be adheredto by Hobbyists using HP intellectual property under this grant. The Ts&Cs are detailed on the OpenVMS Hobbyist WEBpage when you apply for the OpenVMS Hobbyist PAKs. This contract represents the legal commitment of both parties (Hobbyists and HP) with regards to use and what cconstitutesHobbyist activities.

The sprit of the Ts&Cs has been and continues to be a source that makes OpenVMS Software available to Hobbyists, Collectors, and Individuals for personal experimentation, education, and growth in enterprise technologies associated with VAX, Alpha and Itanium systems. It is not ment to be a replacement for any other of the HP business programs for OpenVMS software development or other software grants.

OpenVMS Hobbyist PAKS may not be used in commercial enterprises, or for any other purpose except Hobbyist activities.

The OpenVMS Hobbyist Program recognizes that equipment/systems used by individuals may or may not have a maintenance pedigree, or even a bill of sale.

For OpenVMS Licensing purposes, an individual Hobbyist being in possession and control of a VAX, Alpha or Itanium HW platform, who is a registered member of Encompass or DECUS, may receive the Hobbyist license PAKS granted from this program terms. This program does not provide any hardware
ownership credentials, a bill of sale would do that.;-)

How many systems can I get OpenVMS Licenses for with this Program?
How many do you have:-) The current limit to OpenVMS Cluster members is 96 supported, (128 unsupported;-) If you have that many systems at your house we want a Picture (or two;-) for the Hobbyist Gallery!!

What about support for the VAX Emulators?
Emulators will work with the licenses, but getting the distributions loaded and running is the entertaining part.
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malmberg
August 04 2022
No more VAX hobbyist licenses. Community licenses for Alpha/IA64/X86_64 VMS Software Inc. Commercial VMS software licenses for VAX available from HPE.

ozboomer
July 20 2022
Just re-visiting.. No more hobbyist licenses? Is that from vmssoftware.com, no 'community' licenses?

valdirfranco
July 01 2022
No more hobbyist license...sad

mister_wavey
February 12 2022
I recall that the disks failed on the public access VMS systems that included Fafner

parwezw
January 03 2022
Anyone know what happened to FAFNER.DYNDS.ORG? I had a hobbyist account here but can longer access the site.

gtackett
October 27 2021
Make that DECdfs _2.1A_ for Vax

gtackett
October 27 2021
I'm looking for DECdfs V2.4A kit for VAX. Asking here just in case anyone is still listening.

MarkRLV
September 17 2021
At one time, didn't this web site have a job board? I would love to use my legacy skills one last time in my career.

malmberg
January 18 2021
New Hobbyist PAKs for VAX/VMS are no longer available according to reports. Only commercial licenses are reported to be for sale from HPE

dfilip
January 16 2021
Can someone please point me to hobbyist license pak? I'm looking for VAX/VMS 7.1, DECnet Phase IV, and UCX/TCPIP ... have the 7.1 media, need the license paks ... thanks!

Bart
October 16 2020
OpenVMS, and this website!

malmberg
September 05 2020
VSI community non-commercial licenses for AXP/IA64 are available now.

malmberg
September 05 2020
See the forum about licensing. Don't know if HPE hobby licenses still being issued. Commercial licenses still being sold.

silfox70
September 01 2020
I need the license for OpenVMS7.3. Where can I find them?

malmberg
August 29 2020
Eisner, which is currently being moved, got an SSH update and the keys were updated to more modern encryption standards.

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