HPE OpenVMS Hobbyist license program is closing

Bill Gunshannon bill.gunshannon at hotmail.com
Mon Mar 9 15:01:09 CDT 2020

On 3/9/20 1:33 PM, John H. Reinhardt via cctalk wrote:
> On 3/9/2020 12:20 PM, Eric Smith wrote:
>> On Sat, Mar 7, 2020 at 4:32 PM John H. Reinhardt via cctalk 
>> <cctalk at classiccmp.org <mailto:cctalk at classiccmp.org>> wrote:
>>     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.
>> The hobby PAKs _and_ the licenses have a one-year expiration.
> As a Hobbyist license holder since 2004 I am well aware.  The language 
> Bill used implied that no one would be able to legally run OpenVMS on a 
> VAX.  I was saying that those who had bought licenses previously 
> (implying commercial and other entities) should still be legal in 
> running VAX OpenVMS even after HPE shuts down their OpenVMS activities.  
> Bill may have been intending just the Hobbyist (and educational 
> licenses, too) but the language was ambiguous.

Actually, as long as they can live with incorrect time Hobbyists
could use that last set of PAKs forever.


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