HPE OpenVMS Hobbyist license program is closing

John H. Reinhardt johnhreinhardt at thereinhardts.org
Sat Mar 7 11:07:04 CST 2020

On 3/7/2020 8:10 AM, Zane Healy wrote:
> On Mar 7, 2020, at 5:00 AM, Michael Kerpan via cctalk <cctalk at classiccmp.org <mailto:cctalk at classiccmp.org>> wrote:
>> Well that's sad news. Since VMS Software may or may not ever launch a
>> proper hobbyist program and has stated that they don't have the ability to
>> issue licenses for VAX versions of VMS, that means we have until 2021 to
>> legally use VMS on the vintage hardware or emulations. After that, I guess
>> we will have to either sail the seven seas or learn to love 4.3BSD...
>> Mike
> If VSI doesn’t have the ability to issue VAX versions of the VMS license, will it be possible to buy VAX licenses?  I’m curious as about five years ago, I had to help buy VAX/VMS licenses for a project.
> Zane

On the HECnet list, David Moylan had sent an inqujiry to the OpenVMS Customer Lab and got this as a response

"  Users who wish to avail of HPE OpenVMS long term licenses are encouraged to

   purchase permanent licenses at standard prices. You may contact [Fellman, Jon]

   <jon.fellman at hpe.com> for the same."

So this HP person, Jon Fellman looks like the person to ask about buying an OpenVMS VAX license.  I've sent him an email but I don't expect a response until Monday at least.  The "standard prices" part doesn't' look encouraging.

John H. Reinhardt

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