what was VMS/OpenVMS written in?

Doc Shipley doc at vaxen.net
Wed Dec 1 16:01:48 CST 2010

   If you'd rather run on lower-power hardware, I'm about to test and 
sell an AlphaStation 500/500, a PWS500, and an LX164 board.  I don't 
remember how much RAM the PWS has, but the other 2 have 384MB each.

   Also, somebody here in Texas was interested in the rackmount AS2100. 
  I can't find that email, so if you still want it, I've dug it out. 
Let me know off-list when you can come get it.  :)

   Why, you ask, am I ditching all my cool AXP gear?  My rx2600 (2x 
1.5GHz ia64, 10GB RAM, SAS3080 SATA) takes care of all my VMS needs 
these days....


On 12/1/10 3:45 PM, Zane H. Healy wrote:
> On Wed, 1 Dec 2010, Mark Davidson wrote:
>> What are people's opinions of Personal Alpha
>> (http://www.stromasys.ch/hardware-virtualization-solutions/charon-axp/download-personalalpha/)?
> 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.
> http://www.migrationspecialties.com/FreeAXP.html
> 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. :-(
> Zane

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