HPE OpenVMS Hobbyist license program is closing

Bill Gunshannon bill.gunshannon at hotmail.com
Tue Mar 10 08:47:06 CDT 2020

On 3/10/20 12:13 AM, Rod Smallwood via cctalk wrote:
>> On Tue, 10 Mar 2020, Doug Jackson via cctalk wrote:
>>> So.
>>> At the end of the day there are three paths.
>>> 1.  Accept that HP doesn't give two hoots about hobbyists and patch the
>>> abandoned operating system to fix the problem.
>>> 2. Declare that we need to develop an open replacement.
>>> Or
>>> 3.  Accept that HP actually owns the rights to our VAX 11/785 
>>> machines and
>>> arrange for them to be dropped off at their corporate headquarters 
>>> because
>>> they can't do anything without software.
>>> Sigh...
>> 4. Contemplate what would happen if dropped off from a considerable 
>> altitude, . . .
>> It is discouraging that they have the power, and legal rights, to do 
>> what they like, but don't value the hobbyist market enough to try to 
>> help.
> -- 
> Like all large US corporations they are dollar driven

Any business that is not dollar driven will soon be out of business.
Making money is what businesses do.  Sadly, that seems to be another
idea that has fallen by the wayside in the US, like trust and risk.


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