About the License
The Student Hobbyist License program allows you to try the latest version of OpenVMS on the FreeAXP Alpha emulator on Windows. The disk image that you load on the emulator already has OpenVMS and the license installed, so it is ready to run. All changes that you make to your pet system are saved, so you can play with it until the license expires and then back up your files and restore to the new updated system easily. The hobbyist kit includes some popular compilers, so you can try writing code for OpenVMS as well.
Hobbyist licenses are valid through September 30, 2019; the functionality of a system with an expired license is severely limited. To continue using your hobbyist OpenVMS system, backup your files, download the new image from our SFTP server, run emulation, and restore the files on the new system.
The hobbyist license is reserved for non-commercial use. For commercial licenses, please see our official website.
FreeAXP is a free Avanti™ virtual Alpha technology demonstrator created by Migration Specialties. It provides a virtual Alpha Server 400 equipped with 1 CPU (with EV56, EV6, and EV68 instruction set support), 128 MB memory, 7 disk drives, and two virtual serial ports. It is hosted on Windows 64-bit systems and includes an unrestricted usage license. FreeAXP allows unlimited testing of virtual Alpha implementation without commitment to purchase products or services.
How to Use the License
- Download the kit
Connect to our public SFTP server vsiftp.vmssoftware.com
password: VSIpubB0x (case-sensitive; VICTOR-SIERRA-INDIA-papa-uniform-bravo-BRAVO-zero-xray)
- Navigate to the STUDENT_KIT directory:
sftp> cd STUDENT_KIT
- Download files
- Download the instructions and the file called VSIOpenVMSStudentPackage.exe (approximately 449 MB).
- Run OpenVMS Student Package
Run VSIOpenVMSStudentPackage.exe. OpenVMS Student Package will be installed on your system.
Emulation will start and the system will boot automatically.
The credentials for the system and more instructions can be found in the Getting Started PDF which will land in your OpenVMS directory after you install the kit (by default it is C:/Program Files/OpenVMS).