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OpenVMS Hobbyist Program | Hobbyist Licensing | Alpha License PAK's
Author Using Alpha Hobbyist License with personalalpha

Posts: 26
Location: Canada
Joined: 04.12.08
Posted on December 04 2008 05:30
Yesterday, I received my OpenVMS Alpha 8.3 Hobbyist CD in the mail and installed the Stromasys PersonalAlpha product on a Windows XP laptop, followed by my Hobbyist OpenVMS stuff. Everything went fairly well and I am up and running nicely.

Before I ask a question on this forum I would first like to express my thanks to those involved in doing all the work on the Hobbyist program. You do a fantastic job and these efforts are very much appreciated by those of us (like me) who benefit.

PersonalAlpha with OpenVMS is accessed using a telnet client, and I am only able to use a single login session on the laptop. Does anyone know if I am correct in assuming this limitation is due to the OpenVMS hobbyist license being restricted to a single login session ?
I am not exactly sure of what limitations are imposed by the Hobbyist license which is the reason for my question.


John Cookson (Canada)
Author RE: Using Alpha Hobbyist License with personalalpha

Posts: 26
Location: Canada
Joined: 04.12.08
Posted on December 05 2008 03:55

Thanks very much for your reply.

I had already loaded the two license PAK's you refer to and when I type
SET LOGINS, I get the following feedback

%SET-I-INTSET, login interactive limit = 64, current interactive value = 1

This surprises me as I would have guessed the Hobbyist distribution would severely limit the number of interactive user logins to avoid the possibility of it being used for commercial purposes.

It may be that the Stromasys personalalpha product is imposing this limit in some way. On personalalpha the Telnet client is setup to connect using the localhost IP address using port 123.
This may have something to do with why I cannot open more than a single telnet connection on the laptop.

Unfortunately, the Stromasys personalalpha forum has been closed (temporarily) since July 2008 owing to spam related problems which makes it difficult to get feedback from other personalalpha users at the present time.

Once again, thank you Stephen, your comments are both helpful and informative
Author RE: Problem solved

Posts: 26
Location: Canada
Joined: 04.12.08
Posted on December 12 2008 10:36
This is just to let you know that I have now resolved the
problem of being able to login to personalalpha using multiple
telnet sessions (previously I was only able to login using the
single console boot telnet session).

The key is to Telnet in from a different computer than the one
used to host personalalpha. Of course both windows PC's must be
on the same local area network.

I am not sure about the reason for not being able to login
using Telnet directly on the host machine as I have found it does
work sometimes (But very rarely). I suspect there is a contention
problem with sharing the host system network adaptor.

I also discovered some other good news about personalalpha
which concerns its use on a windows box running the ESET NOD32
antivirus product. There no longer appears to be a problem
with this combination.

Initially I had been disappointed to read that SRI has stated that
personalalpha is not compatible with NOD32, particularly as NOD32
is the best Antivirus/Antispyware product that I have ever used.
Naturally, I had uninstalled NOD32 before using personalalpha
as I was aware of this problem upfront.

I later came across (through google) an old forum posting from one
of the SRI technical staff, stating that NOD32 may work with
personalalpha in the future as he expected that ESET would move
away from using LSP (Layered Service Provider) mechanisms in
their product. Anyway, I ran LSPfix on one of my PC's running NOD32
and there was no LSP detected for NOD32. Upon seeing this, I
reinstalled NOD32 on the box running personalalpha and have
seen no ill effects as a result.

So far, I am very impressed with personalalpha. Running it on
a 3ghz core 2 system with a 7200rpm SATA hard drive, it has very
good performance and is much faster than something like a
MicroVax 3900.
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