Subject: [FreeVMS] Re: New release
From: Matthew Sell (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Fri Jan 25 2002 - 21:09:46 CET
This is probably a good time to introduce myself - and why I'm here, and
how I could possibly help.....
I'm a collector of "big" vaxen (and some little ones), and my goal is to
learn VMS, and to work with "the big stuff". Currently I have an 11/780,
11/750 (on the way), VAX 4000-500A, MicroVax 3100, and an InfoServer 100.
More is on the way.....
I like VMS, but the licensing is restrictive as far as commercial use goes.
I have friends that want to do application development on my VAXen, but the
licensing prevents this form of work for profit. Anyway..... that's my
problem with VMS as a hobbyist. The hobbyist license is fine for my
learning and amusement.
I love Linux. I've been using it in various capacities since 1997, and we
now use it at the office for our major business functions. Naturally, I
wanted to see what projects were available for running Linux on the classic
DEC hardware, and found FreeVMS in the process of asking around. Roar
introduced himself and asked if I could assist.
I was originally looking at attempting to make NetBSD more "VMS like", and
that would, of course, be a very large project. Roar pointed me to this group.
I'm a programmer by profession, but my C skills are weak. Don't laugh -
I've been a developer of products for the MS platform for awhile.
Sorry..... it's put food on the table for a number of years. Collecting
these VAXen is a way for me to experience something other than a PC.
I want to be able to help in any way I can, and as I become more proficient
in C and the hardware, I hope to be able to contribute even more. My goal
is to help you guys get FreeVMS, based on the Linux kernel, running on the
classic DEC hardware such as the 11/780 and 11/750.
Nuts? Probably. Take a lot of time and effort? Definitely. Fun? Why else
would I want to try such a task? : )
.... and electricity rates are reasonable in Houston, TX. The problem is
the heat. That 11/780 could darn near heat my whole house in the so-called
"winter" we get down here....
Anyway, I just wanted to introduce myself. The irony of a MS developer
wanting to help port Linux/FreeVMS to classic DEC hardware will probably
the subject of a few good laughs over a beer - but this is a hobby.
- Matthew Sell
Houston, TX, USA
> > I have seen this morning that the subscribers of email@example.com
> > mailing list are more than 60. And we only read the three or four same
> > members. The FreeVMS project can be alive if, and even if, it has some
>Yes. (Feeling a bit overstretched).
> > contributers (we need a filesystem... I have heart that there is a
> > cluster filesystem for Linux, but what's about ODS2/5 ?).
>I have a feeling that we will probably have to implement VMScluster ourselves.
>The other cluster implementations might not be compatible.
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