Setting up a VMS system

Peter Hicks peter.hicks at
Wed Sep 22 07:51:35 CDT 2021

Hi Phil

I'm not sure if it helps, but I documented installing OpenVMS on a
Raspberry Pi a while ago at


On Wed, 22 Sept 2021 at 13:21, Philip Pemberton via cctalk <
cctalk at> wrote:

> Hopefully a few of the DEC/VMS fans here might be able to help!
> I'm on a bit of a quest. I've been given some old VAX/VMS software -- a
> cross compiler and some source code -- that I'd like to get running. My
> goal is to get the source code building and experiment with the compiler
> a bit.
> Problem is that I've never used VMS before, and don't have a clue how to
> install or use it.
> Can any point me to an idiot's guide to VMS, how to set it up and make
> it possible to send files to it from my Linux box?
> I'm thinking of using SIMH, unless there's a better emulator available.
> I'm still waiting on a reply from HP with a hobbyist licence PAK (I've
> filled out the form), but I figure I can get started on the learning
> while I wait.
> Cheers
> Phil.


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