HPE OpenVMS Hobbyist license program is closing

Bill Gunshannon bill.gunshannon at hotmail.com
Sat Mar 7 17:23:42 CST 2020

On 3/7/20 9:10 AM, Zane Healy via cctalk wrote:
> On Mar 7, 2020, at 5:00 AM, Michael Kerpan via cctalk <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.

My understanding is if something doesn't change to allow VSI to
issue VAX licenses there will be no way to legally run a VMS on
a VAX as HPE will be out of the business completely.


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