From: Zane H. Healy <healyzh_at_aracnet.com>
Date: Tue Nov 30 16:42:30 1999

>Vaxen have not been my gig but today I found several books. VAX
>Architecture Reference Manual,VAXclusters, Computer Programming and
>Architecture: The VAX-11, A Gentle Introduction to the VAX System, The VAX
>Book, VAX/VMS Internals and Data Structures, and Introduction toVAX/VMS.
>This can only mean one thing. ;)
>Actually, I've started reading VAX/VMS Internals and Data Structures. Now I
>know what a real operating system is. Alas.
>So. What's the *smallest* vax-11 (or other machine) that'll run vms?
>Actually, if someone wants to save me before heading down this *enticing*
>path. I'll trade all of the listed books for a 'First Book ok Kim'
>Cheers all,
>- Mike: dogas_at_leading.net

VMS ROCKS! Go with one of the following VAXstation 3100, VAXstation 4000
or some kind of Alpha. The lowend VS3100's are dirt cheap, and you can use
a PC as a terminal. Both VAXstation 3100's and VAXstation 4000's are about
the size of a desktop PC, some are smaller. And with the possible
exception of one or two models of VS3100 they uses SCSI disks. Even a
lowend Alpha can be gotten pretty cheap these days (say a DEC 3000/300LX).

Here are some web sites:
http://www.openvms.digital.com:8000/ <- Documentation
http://www.montagar.com/hobbyist/index.html <- OpenVMS Hobbyist Program

Of course once you get your first VMS box up, you'll need a second so you
can cluster them :^) But for your first system you really want SCSI since
it makes things easier.

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