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OpenVMS Hobbyist Program | Hobbyist Licensing | VAX License PAK's
Author Scanning VMS documentation
nick_d
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Joined: 03.02.17
Posted on February 03 2017 18:29
hello

To introduce myself I am Nick, I live in Melbourne, Australia, I am a keen collector of DEC. I'm not a VMS expert, I have mainly been running other OSs. But I hope to get to VMS eventually when I have time.

I am writing here because a friend has inherited an enormous collection of DEC, he has pretty solid plans how to distribute it all to good homes and what should be preserved and what can be scrapped. But it is an enormous project as he has 20~30 years worth of systems big and small, hundreds of TTYs, monitors, etc...

So one of the vexing issues he has is documentation, there are hundreds of boxes of complete manual sets for all versions of VMS (he mentioned 3.0, 3.1, and, 5.0 as far as I can recall). These are probably going to be got rid of. I would consider scanning them for hobbyists to use, but before embarking on such a project...

(1) Is the complete documentation history already available from HP, obviously if they have original PDFs and not scanned PDFs and they are accessible to hobbyists then there is no need for me to scan anything.

(2) Would HP be willing to license these materials to be put onto Bitsavers, apparently, my friend has contacted Al Kossow (Bitsavers founder) and he has said he is not allowed to put VMS documentaiton up.

(3) Would anyone like to have the original manuals shipped to them, I can't say definitely but I imagine my friend would be willing to do it for the shipping cost plus perhaps a nominal fee to cover the cost of his time.

(4) How about original installation materials, I haven't checked but we probably have enormous quantities of original tapes and CDs and so on with VMS on them. Is anyone willing to pay shipping plus nominal costs? I could try to read these and put them online, but I suspect this would be a bridge too far for HP to endorse.

cheers, Nick
Author RE: Scanning VMS documentation
Bruce Claremont
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Joined: 07.01.10
Posted on February 04 2017 00:01
From VMS 6.1 forward documentation and kits were available on CD. Places like Bitsavers have scanned material prior to that.

HP definitely frowns on uncontrolled distribution of software. Hence the VMS Hpbbyist program.
Author RE: Scanning VMS documentation
bofh
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Posts: 7
Joined: 09.03.07
Posted on February 05 2017 05:22
I'm very interested in (4). Contact me via PM, please.
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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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