Hobbyist licenses extend decades of devotion

At the DECUS Symposium in Cincinnati in 1997, Digital’s OpenVMS Hobbyist Program arose. It’s a long-running hit. By the mid-2000s, 40,662 license PAKs were running. The program continues to fulfill its initial goal. First Compaq, and then HP are providing a low-cost solution for VMS hobbyists who want to learn more about OpenVMS and use the legacy system for personal use.

The license included in the Hobbyist program includes over 103 layered products. Compilers and the ability to cluster up to 96 OpenVMS systems together are part of the license contents.

Both the Connect user group and HP work within this program. All current Connect members and associates can get a Hobbyist license using their Connect ID.

There are, though, a finite number of days in the HP corporate program. The new owners of OpenVMS might be ready to step in.

As a take away from a hobbyist licensing concerns conversation, OpenVMS advocate Bill Pedersen is reaching out to HPE OpenVMS Customer Support. “I want to determine what we can do to help make sure PAKs continue to be available,” says. HP Enterprise’s current Hobbyist licenses will expire at the end of 2020, “unless we can develop some relationship to support beyond that time.”

VMS Software Inc. intends to make a Community Licensing program replace the HPE Hobbyist Licensing program. There are few details at this time about the replacement. One important goal is in place. VSI intends to have a personal hobbyist program ready before the end of this year. There will be no gap between the HP Enterprise hobbyist licensing and the VSI operation.

The newer program may require re-registering, and it should. VSI needs to connect with everyone who still cares about OpenVMS — even of some of those contacts connect to hobbyists who know OpenVMS well.

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