what was VMS/OpenVMS written in?
Zane H. Healy
healyzh at aracnet.com
Wed Dec 1 15:45:07 CST 2010
On Wed, 1 Dec 2010, Mark Davidson wrote:
> What are people's opinions of Personal Alpha
I have two major issues with it. One is it requires Windows, the other is
that it is restricted to 128MB of RAM. I honestly can't survive on an Alpha
with so little RAM. I could sqeeze into about 256MB, but realistically I
need 512MB or more. I forget if my current system has 2GB or 4GB. I'd also
be concerned about disk limitations, but could survive with those. The RAM
really is the big one, since that is the realistic minimum for OpenVMS 7.2
if you're running DECwindows. DEC claimed you could do with 64MB, and based
on my experience I disagree.
I think I could better survive in the limitations imposed by SIMH (namely
that it's a VAX emulator).
Sadly work seems to have stopped on the following:
http://www.es40.org/Homepage as the main developer is now working on a
commercial emulator. However, they offer what looks like it might be a
better alternative to Personal Alpha.
I also need to look into their AvantiFlex option, as it looks like I might
actually do what I need, at a price I can almost afford. The problem being
I'm not sure if there is an annual fee. But a base price of $500 + $50 for
adding 512MB RAM makes it interesting. Sadly it still requires Windows. :-(
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