First VAX-11/730 VMS Boot! Now about VMS distros

Richard Loken richardlo at
Fri Jun 12 10:48:35 CDT 2015

On Thu, 11 Jun 2015, Mark J. Blair wrote:

> Eventually, I'd like to run an older version of VMS than 7.3 on it.
> Preferably, something contemporary to when the 11/730 was still sold, or

Gday Mark, it has been a long time since Rodondo Beach.

Our VAX-11/780 came with VAX/VMS Version 2 on it and the documentation had
that quaint early Digital quality that looked like it had been printed on
a Teletype Model 35.

Our VAX 8600 came with VAX/VMS version 4.X - this leads me to suggest that
you do not want a version contemporary to the VAX-11/730 (probably v2 or 3).
We ran VAX/VMS version 5.5-1 for many many years on our massive great VAX
8820, VAX 4000 model 500s, some VAX 2000s, and my VAX 3100/30.  Later
releases of VMS 5.X are IMHO a good version.

I have in my possession a Digital VAX/VMS software and documentation
distribution on CDrom circa 1995 which includes VMS version 6.2.  This is
the complete standard distro from the time and came in two boxes measuring
maybe 10 x 15 by 1 inch.  I can send this to you for the postage if it is
of any use.

I also have a much larger complete OpenVMS VAX 7.0 distro on two TK50
cartridges (who knew?) and 10 pounds of paper docs in its original carton.
Anybody want it?  I think it survived because somebody thought it was an
Alpha distro.  Shipping of that would be a bit more money.

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