Friday, 26 June 2009

OpenVMS distros...


I managed to secure a large collection of OpenVMS distribution media from a University Lab who no longer wanted them - a large box arrived with what must have been about 20 boxes of shrink wrapped software - mostly quarterly updates of the Software Product Library, but also including a Compaq branded distribution of OpenVMS itself, and also one branded HP (7.3.2 for VAX and Alpha).

I had sold a few of the SPL packages without really looking in them and the remaining were still shrink wrapped until this evening when curiosity got the better of me. I'm glad I did, as you can see from the pictures the HP and Compaq OpenVMS packages contain a very nice CDROM case. The HP one is branded HP OpenVMS, the Compaq one Compaq OpenVMS.

I also had a copy of Netscape Enterprise Server from 1998 that I opened up, and you can see the contents. It was amazing to see so many 'modern' terms described in a product that is now 10 years old, although I can't say I liked the look of server-side Javascript that much! This box contains Windows NT and Unix versions, including Digital Unix 4.x which I happen to have running on my DEC AXP 3000/600. Possibly too much of a coincidence...

2 comments:

asmID.config.php said...

Nice find. I have most of the same kits. I only wish I had the more current distros.

Mark Wickens said...

Well, when it comes to the VAX I think this is it! Alpha has moved onto 8.3 I believe. If you can get yourself a member of the HP DSPP (The HP Developers Program) then you can get the latest Itanium OpenVMS distributions (obviously having an Itanium box is kind of a prerequisite!)