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Personal Alpha

Discussion in 'Virtual and Cloud Computing' started by FreakyBeanz, Sep 14, 2010.

  1. FreakyBeanz

    FreakyBeanz Bit Poster

    Not sure if there is much demand for this, but there is a FREE (personal non-commercial) Alpha (Digital/Compaq/HP) emulator available called Personal Alpha which runs under Windows XP/Vista/7: http://www.stromasys.ch/charon-vax-axp-alpha-hp3000-sparc-virtualization-technology/charon-axp/download-personalalpha/

    The Alpha architecture was a 64bit replacement for the Digital VAX 32bit hardware, and the venerable VAX Operating System: VMS was ported over to it, as well as Digital's OSF/1 UNIX which became Digital UNIX and ended up as Tru64 UNIX.

    It's a little tricky to get hold of Tru64 UNIX these days, but one can obtain an up to date Hobbyist version of OpenVMS for approx. £20, which includes all of the "layered products" (you'd call them "apps" these days!) http://www.openvmshobbyist.com/news.php.

    To obtain the licenses so that you can run everything (OpenVMS uses licenses to activate EVERYTHING!), you need to join a "Chapter" - some of these are quite costly, but decuserve.org is FREE (details of joining and obtaining licenses here): http://labs.hoffmanlabs.com/node/1416

    HP have an OpenVMS Documentation Portal: http://h71000.www7.hp.com/doc/index.html

    The impact that VMS had on the computing world during the 70's, 80's and 90's can't be ignored. It was one of the first O/S's that had full networking (DECnet), it was the first to develop clustering, and a bullet-proof clustered file system, it's also one of the most secure O/S's that was ever produced and has a granularity of permissions that is unsurpassed by any other O/S, which is why it is still in use in major financial institutions, and Lottery providers across the world.

    As I'm a Mac user - I use Parallels to run Windows on my Mac, and have happily run Windows XP with the Personal Alpha emulator running in that without any performance issues at all!

    It's a great little product if you just want to keep your skills in with OpenVMS and DCL scripting etc... or perhaps setup a rock-solid web-server that'll be difficult to hack!
    Last edited: Sep 14, 2010
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  2. Bluerinse
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    Bluerinse Exabyte Poster

    Thanks for the heads up FB 8)
    Certifications: C&G Electronics - MCSA (W2K) MCSE (W2K)

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