HPE OpenVMS Hobbyist license program is closing

Rod Smallwood rodsmallwood52 at btinternet.com
Fri Mar 20 18:38:17 CDT 2020

On 20/03/2020 21:28, Jan-Benedict Glaw via cctalk wrote:
> Hi Maciej!
> Long time no see!
> On Fri, 2020-03-20 17:36:25 +0000, Maciej W. Rozycki <macro at linux-mips.org> wrote:
>> On Tue, 10 Mar 2020, Jan-Benedict Glaw via cctalk wrote:
>>>> Linux and/or NetBSD/vax would be a good choice, though, to implement the
>>>> VAX's system calls and execute it's binaries. Though there were more
>>>> concerted efforts to do this years ago, but I don't know what became of
>>>> them. Google shows a smattering of efforts littered with broken links. :(
>>> There was a vax-linux port started by others, and I cared for it for a
>>> good number of years. My life changed a lot since then, I quite failed
>>> (and failed hard!) to bring up the needed time to care for Linux, care
>>> for GCC and Binutils, GNU libc and all those programs silently
>>> expecting IEEE floating point support.
>>   I'm still here to help. :)
> <3
>>   I expect to get at least one of my VAXen online RSN (a 4000/60, with
>> TURBOchannel).  As in a couple of weeks' time (if only not that damn COVID
>> thing!).  It boots our ancient VAX/Linux port with an NFS-root over a PMAD
>> interface.  Other machines may follow.
> Actually, I'm searching (more active than ever) for a proper location
> to put all of my hardware to. I already have shelves, controllable
> power plugs, and just today an EPROM reader/writer arrived. Though I'm
> unsure (to use fair language) when there'll be a really up-to-date
> working Linux port. But maybe at some time, there'll be one!
> MfG, JBG

Considering the struggle I'm having installing any version of NetBSD on 
any of my VAX systems that would nice to have.

Rod Smallwood - Digital Equipment Corporation  - 1975 - 1985


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