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OpenVMS Community License Program

Post by ajbrehm » Wed Apr 22, 2020 10:07 am

As it says on the News page.

That's good news!

OpenVMS cannot just exist, it must also be visible. And visibility requires a) support of normal hardware and b) availability.

In my opinion this ranks with choosing Visual Studio Code as a developer tool as one of the decisions that makes OpenVMS usable for the non-VMS community.


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Re: OpenVMS Community License Program

Post by philliphelbig » Tue Sep 22, 2020 4:04 pm

I started on VMS back in 1992, paid real money and bought a new 255/233 with my own money from my first proper job rather than work under unix when I was working in research, and the experience of using it (it was at university so I had, in addition to the basic licenses I bought with the machine, the DECcampus licenses) allowed me to get a VMS job at the German stock exchange. After buying the Alpha, I started collecting VAXes (which were then free or cheap) and, later, Alphas, and so built a cluster using the hobbyist licenses. When I left research for greener pa$ture$, I set up a cluster at home, which is still running to this day (now Alpha only).

I don't plan to ever use Itanium.

I could presumably move to VSI VMS on Alpha relatively easily. My plan had been to move to x86 via a mixed-architecture clsuter (which I had for almost 15 years for VAX and Alpha), but if there is no clustering with the community license then I don't see how that can happen. I also can't imagine running a standalone hobbyist machine. While I use it only for private, non-commercial (i.e. hobbyist) stuff, I do want the flexibility and dependability of a cluster.

As far as I know, there wasn't a problem with abuse of the Alpha hobbyist license, so hopefully clustering will be included in the x86 community license (or some sort of commercial license which is affordable for a hobbyist).


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Re: OpenVMS Community License Program

Post by reinhardtjh » Tue Oct 20, 2020 11:13 am

Thank you for the update to the Community License Program PAKs. Opening up Alpha to unlimited units and allowing Integrity users to have access to VMS Clustering, Volume Shadowing and other HA options is greatly appreciated.
John H. Reinhardt
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Re: OpenVMS Community License Program

Post by jackson » Mon Nov 02, 2020 6:22 pm

I choose to use VMS in my vSME consultancy. It currently runs one app, TTI's DECdocument, but I use it increasingly less. Reports, analysis and design documents have, these days, given way to Jira, Confluence, markdown, mermaid and the like. I've been using the headless DS10L as smtp and dns server too, but in 2020 it's bordering on negligence and wrecklessness to rely on it. The hobbyist licence has expired; the box has some stupid uptime

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# uptime
        Uptime:  1866 06:48:58.78
        Reboot:   Sep 24 17:04:36
and all but one or two VXTs and InfoServers have been decommissioned. I haven't done any development on VMS since I was in academia. I've applied for a CLP but not heard anything yet.

Keep safe.

Kind regards.


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Re: OpenVMS Community License Program

Post by marty.stu » Mon Nov 02, 2020 10:52 pm

Hi Michael,

Please apply once again as we have no requests from you in our email. Probably there were some technical issues on either side.

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Maxim Megalinskiy
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Re: OpenVMS Community License Program

Post by jackson » Tue Nov 03, 2020 12:41 pm

Thanks Marty, done.


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Re: OpenVMS Community License Program

Post by jackson » Wed Nov 04, 2020 1:39 pm

Marty, after that I received them quickly -- many thanks.

I'll ask this here in case it helps others: The first link covered the base PAKs but not the layereds. Are the layered PAKs to be found at the remaining links provided, or did I forget to request them? Thanks.


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Re: OpenVMS Community License Program

Post by marty.stu » Wed Nov 04, 2020 10:38 pm

Michael,

The package contains both ALPHA-SYSTEM and ALPHA-LP licenses. The latter activates all the layered products on VSI OpenVMS for Alpha at once. The remaining links mentioned in the email are only needed to download the installation images and the software packages if one needs them.

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