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OpenVMS Hobbyist Program | Hobbyists and OpenVMS | Introduction Forum
Author Excited to find this site!

Posts: 7
Joined: 17.08.19
Posted on August 17 2019 17:26
Hello, my name is Brian. I'm a retired software engineer/executive and in my retirement I'm a junkie for resurrecting old vintage computer hardware and operating systems. I have ZERO experience with VMS, although it's always been on my list to learn. I like hardware as much as software, so I have my eye on a couple of different Alphastations for sale and will probably buy one shortly. I stumbled on this site when I went looking for information on getting VMS, since the Alphastations I'm looking at aren't clear as to what OS they have, if any. Although most probably feel that newer-is-better I will want to install the earliest version of VMS that supported the hardware I eventually get, since I want that vintage feel. I hope something in the 6.x or 7.x range is still available. I signed up for DECUS membership and then followed the instructions for requesting information from HPE. This site/forum as really helped me in the few hours since I discovered it. Thank you in advance for all the people that will surely roll their eyes at some dumb question I ask but are kind enough to help me anyway. -Brian
Author RE: Excited to find this site!
Bruce Claremont

Posts: 623
Joined: 07.01.10
Posted on August 18 2019 03:36
Welcome aboard. Be sure to look into the VMS Hobbyist program.
Author RE: Excited to find this site!

Posts: 530
Joined: 15.04.08
Posted on August 22 2019 02:22

Some reading, particularly before you buy hardware or install the OS.


HPE only provides the latest media under the hobbyist programs and generally does not allow public posting of their licensed media on the Internet.

So you may to find someone that can arrange a private transfer of older media.

Generally though, the older media does not include the patch kits.
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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.

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

July 01 2022
No more hobbyist license...sad

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

January 03 2022
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October 27 2021
Make that DECdfs _2.1A_ for Vax

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

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.

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

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!

October 16 2020
OpenVMS, and this website!

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

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

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

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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