HPE OpenVMS Hobbyist license program is closing

John H. Reinhardt johnhreinhardt at thereinhardts.org
Sat Mar 7 17:32:35 CST 2020

On 3/7/2020 5:23 PM, Bill Gunshannon via cctalk wrote:
> 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.
> bill
I would think that those that already have legal VAX PAKs/licenses could still run them. It's just no *NEW* PAKs could be legally generated.

John H. Reinhardt

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