Mosaic 4.0 for openVMS

Chris Halarewich halarewich at
Sat Feb 6 18:14:37 CST 2016

VMS Mosaic is supported on VAXes running OpenVMS 5.4-3 thru 7.3, on
Alpha systems using OpenVMS V1.5 thru 8.2, and on IA64 systems running
OpenVMS V8.1 thru 8.2-1.  Mosaic will work with UCX (TCP/IP Services),
CMU, MultiNet, Pathway, TCPware or SOCKETSHR with NETLIB.  CMU TCP/IP
is supported via LIBCMUII or SOCKETSHR.  The Mosaic has been compiled
with VAX C, DEC C and GNU C (VAX version 2.7.1 only).  Versions 1.1
thru 1.5 of DECwindows Motif are supported.  Both HP SSL and OpenSSL
are supported for secure connections.

On 2/6/16, Richard Loken <rlloken at> wrote:
> Gentlemen, I stumbled across a reference to Mosaic 4.0 for VMS dated 2006.
> I ran Mosaic on my VMS workstation around 1994 and had abandoned it long
> ago first for Netscape 3.0.3 and later for Seamonkey.
> I did not know that there was any development on Mosaic in recent decades
> I found Seamonkey to be glacially slow on AlphaServer 4100 "desktop" and
> so I have not attempted to do much web browsing on VMS in recent years.
> So...  Is Mosaic 4.0 useful in 2016?  Is it more useful than Seamonkey?
> Netscape?  AFAIR, HP had a port of Firefox to IA64 VMS but not to Alpha,
> has anybody been so burdened with spare time that they have attempted
> to port firefox to Alpha or VAX VMS?  Or any other web browser?
> I hope to attempt a port of the heritage version of nroff/troff to VMS
> some time in the next couple years (I think groff would be much more
> difficult).  But that is a differant subject.
> --
>    Richard Loken VE6BSV, Systems Programmer - VMS   : "...underneath those
>    Athabasca University				   : tuques we wear, our
>    Athabasca, Alberta Canada			   : heads are naked!"
>    ** rlloken at **                         :    - Arthur Black

Chris Halarewich

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