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Author RE: IA64 Hobbyist Media

Posts: 26
Location: Canada
Joined: 04.12.08
Posted on March 25 2009 15:06
This message is directed mainly to HobbyistOne

I recently received an Alpha Hobbyist kit from you. Let me first say how grateful I am that you have looked after this task on our behalf. You are one great guy !! I should also say that I have no problem with $50 let alone the nominal $30 you currently charge. Thank you so much for everything you do.

I should mention that I used the Hobbyist kit with the Alpha simulator (Personal Alpha) This is an awesome non-commercial product with very few limitations of any significance. I can recommend it to any hobbyist looking to run OpenVMS on a 32 bit WinXP desktop or notebook machine.

I am also mightily impressed with the "Hoff" as I see the unpaid effort he puts into the cause of helping out the rest of us OpenVMS fanboys.
I've been to the Hoffman Labs website a few times in the last couple of months to ask a question or two. Every time, Hoff has answered my questions quickly using the best of his prodigious knowledge. Not only that, Hoff isn't insulting like the "Ask the OpenVMS Wizard" who appears to do his best to discourage anyone from trying OpenVMS.

Given approval from HP, Is it worth considering making lower quality I64 media copies using "store bought" DVD-R or DVD+R media. After all, most people are probably just hoping to use the disk to complete an OpenVMS install on their hobbyist machine. perhaps many people would be quite happy to trade-off long term media durability for access to a copy of the distribution media. The other thing is that you should be fairly compensated for your valuable time. I also agree with Hoff's comments regarding "The Money" angle. You are doing nobody a disservice by expecting to be compensated for a great job.

John Cookson
Nobleton, Ontario Canada
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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
Anyone know what happened to FAFNER.DYNDS.ORG? I had a hobbyist account here but can longer access the site.

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
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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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