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In Memoriam - Alistair King
MembersIt is with much regret that we have to announce the sad news that Alistair King died after a short illness on 6th May 2010.

Alistair was the Chairman of DECUS in the UK for many years and latterly was the Chairman of INTEREX-EMEA. He was also involved with the Advocacy Programme and was known widely in the HP User Community. He leaves behind a devoted wife and son. He will be sadly missed in his family and business life.

His funeral will take place on Friday 14th at 14:30 at Westall Park, Hollberrow Green, Worcestershire. B96 6JY. No flowers, donations to Cancer Research.


Ian Severn
HobbyistOne on May 10 2010 05:26 · 2 Comments · 21391 Reads · Print
Connect OpenVMS Bootcamp Call for Participation
NewsThe Call For Papers for the 2010 Connect OpenVMS Bootcamp will close 1 June 2010. All proposed sessions need to be submitted by 11:59 PM EDT.

This week long event, 12/17 September 2010, will be the most comprehensive technical education and training event dedicated exclusively to the HP OpenVMS Community with information driven by users for users that will be available in 2010.

Here are the topics we are at looking for sessions:

- Storage HW
- Storage SW
- OpenVMS Futures
- Hardware Roadmap with Blades
- Virtualization/Emulation
- Oracle (Rdb/Codasyl/Classic)
- Hands-on demo/learning sessions
- Disaster avoidance/High Availability/Mission Critical
- Open Source
- Modernization
- Software Development
- Middleware
- T4 w/ EVAperf
- WEBES/SEA/ELMC/SIM - maybe hands on
- Advanced Systems Concepts (ActiveBatch job scheduler)
- Beginner's OpenVMS
- Evolution of OpenVMS
- System Management

Some of the session titles already submitted include:

- Introduction to modern runtime environments and languages
- OpenVMS and Web Services: myth or reality?
- To queue or not to queue?
- Integration Technologies and Products for OpenVMS
- Lessons Learned from Porting Software to OpenVMS
- Tutorial on implementing Web Services using gSOAP
- OpenVMS File System Performance Topics
- OpenVMS Dynamic Volume Expansion
- Achieving the Highest Possible Availability
- Using Shadowsets with More than 3 Members
- Using IP Networks as an OpenVMS Cluster Interconnect
- Who Survives Disasters and Why, Part 1: People
- Who Survives Disasters and Why, Part 2: Organizations
- Principles of Troubleshooting and Problem Solving
- Case Studies of Disaster Tolerance and Disaster Recovery
- Using OpenVMS Technologies to Build an Agile Computing Base
- C7000 "Virtual Connect" for OpenVMS
- Using Perl to manage VMS systems
- 60 minutes that could save you from disaster
- Extreme Heritage Solutions for VAX and Alpha

As can be seen there are some great presentations planned. We are looking for MORE! In the past there have been upwards of 100+ different sessions. We know the OpenVMS User Community and the Partners as well as the HP Office of OpenVMS Programs want to make this a very successful event. We encourage you to submit your sessions now!

By the way, speakers get a reduction in the registration fee! A $700.00 discount for speakers, $795 for the week versus $1,495. There are no fees for speakers who are only presenting sessions and not attending the Bootcamp.

You do NOT need to be a Connect Worldwide member to speak at the OpenVMS Bootcamp. Connect would love to have you as a member so you show your support for OpenVMS in their community, but we want anyone interested in presenting a technical session to attend!

We look forward to hearing from you and seeing your session submissions.


BillPedersen on April 26 2010 04:44
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New alpha emulator
SoftwareMigration Specialties have been developing a new alphaserver emulator and have announced a beta release of the free version. Support is via the FreeAXP forum on this site.
imiller on December 30 2009 02:06
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CCSS Interactive Learning OpenVMS Basic Program with Certificate
NewsCCSS - Computer Consulting System Services in pleased to announce the availability of the "CCSS Interactive Learning OpenVMS Basic Program" an introductory level web-based training program for OpenVMS. The program includes four courses along with tutorial assistance; automated, on-line testing; OpenVMS laboratory systems (VAX and Alpha) and certificates for course completion and program completion.

The coursed included in the CCSS Interactive Learning OpenVMS Basic Program

* Introduction to OpenVMS

* Introduction to OpenVMS Editors

* Introduction to DCL - Interactive Commands

* Introduction to DCL - Command Procedures

Three levels of certificates are available:

Certificate of Completion - finish a course with a score of 85%
or better with an average time of 30 seconds or less.

Certificate of Accomplishment - finish a course with a score of 95%
or better and an average time of 20 seconds or less.

Certificate of Achievement - finish a course with a score of 100%
and an average time of 15 seconds or less.

There is no time limit on the courses nor any limit to the number of times a student can take the test.

The training offered at CCSS Interactive Learning is offered at NO CHARGE. Additionally there is no charge for access to any of the course resources and OpenVMS laboratory systems available as part of the course.

Additional courses are under development by CCSS and will be announced as they become available.

For more information about CCSS Interactive Learning and to sign up for a course visit www.ccsscorp.com.
BillPedersen on December 03 2009 09:33 · Print
DECUServe now an Official Hobbyist Chapter
MembersThanks to the work by the fine folks at DECUServe, who have been providing an active OpenVMS Community for many years, all DECUServe Participants are eligible to register for OpenVMS Hobbyist Licenses.

If you already have an account on DECUServe, simply select "DECUServe" as your participating Chapter, enter your membership number and name, and sit back and wait for the fun to arrive in your E-mail!

Not a member of DECUServe? Registration is easy and free! Simply Telnet to decuserve.org, use username REGISTRATION, and follow the easy instructions. Once we get your DECUServe registration information into the Hobbyist database, you're ready to go!

A special tip o' the hat to Ian Miller, Dale Coy, and Graham Burley for all their help.
HobbyistOne on October 13 2009 18:57 · Print
Gartner Report on OpenVMS
JournalFrom Sujatha Ramani, Office of OpenVMS Programs:

Dear VMS Champions,

I am very happy to share this fantastic report from Gartner with you all. This is the much awaited report from Gartner on migration planning for Alpha server users. Our main thrust has been to help our OpenVMS customers migrate from our earlier platforms to the newer ones to gain the state of the art features and benefits- like enhanced performance, productivity, virtualisation, system manageability and many more that we keep bringing out in our newer products and solutions. It makes a big impact if a third party like Gartner comes up with a study , analysis and recommendations on migrations from Alpha.

As we all know, Gartner is a worldwide leader in IT research bringing most comprehensive collection of analysis and advice for the users and vendors of technology. Customers refer to Gartner as the best first source for addressing virtually any IT issue because of objective insight. Their expert analysts cover 1,071 topics across the IT landscape, based in 26 countries. Thus giving us a true worldwide viewpoint.

Why wait, start your migration exercise now!

Read the Gartner report on OpenVMS: "Best Practices: Migration Planning for Alpha Server Users"

A special thanks to Carolyn Whitney for getting this done!

Thanks and warm regards,

HobbyistOne on October 01 2009 07:08 · Print
More Photos!
GraphicsThanks to ddsnyder for more pictures of some of his treasure trove. He's published another batch of great pictures for all of us to enjoy.
HobbyistOne on March 30 2009 13:59 · Print
New OpenVMS Alpha Kits Available!
SoftwareThe newly remastered OpenVMS Alpha Hobbyist Kits are now here! These kits are based on OpenVMS Alpha V8.3 distribution. In addition to the base O/S, this release boasts more compilers and tools than previuos releases!

All the major compilers: C, C++, COBOL, BASIC, FORTRAN, and Pascal
More Tools: DECset, Compaq Secure Web Browser, unzip
And of course, the normal items: OpenVMS, DECnet, TCP/IP, Kerberos, DECWindows

Please your order now! Web servers are standing by!
HobbyistOne on February 21 2008 11:50 · Print
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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

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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
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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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