OS/400 V3R2 License Keys for hobbyist use

Zane H. Healy healyzh at aracnet.com
Sat Mar 24 22:45:33 CDT 2007

At 4:31 PM -0600 3/24/07, Michael B. Brutman wrote:
>I have a friend who has an older AS/400 in his personal collection 
>of computers.  (It is in the collection because the AS/400 is unique 
>enough to be interesting.)  He doesn't know a lot about it but he 
>did manage to get a console, wire it correctly, and get to the 
>OS/400 command line.
>To do anything remotely interesting with the machine he needs to 
>have a development environment.  I am figuring green screen COBOL, C 
>and RPG are good enough.  Does anybody know how to engage IBM to 
>find out if license keys are available for home/hobbyist use? 
>(Other manufacturers like DEC did this for their 'bigger' iron.)

Realistically DEC is the only one that did this.  To the best of my 
knowledge IBM hasn't offered a Hobbyist Program for anything.  I 
would love to be proven wrong, as I would actually be interested in 
getting a small AS/400 at some point in the future.


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