OpenVMS on x86 was made available to the first customer on May 15, 2020. With the 9-December Release V9.0-F, there are now dozens of external users testing the system. The V9.0-G release is scheduled for 10-February 2021.
With each release more features become available along with increased stability. To date all users run x86 OpenVMS as a Virtual Box or KVM guest. VSI provides an appliance file (.OVA) which the customer downloads. Release Notes and updated documentation are also provided. Components of the Cross Tools Kit are updated as needed with each release. The appliance is a preconfigured OpenVMS system. After importing the appliance, the customer simply starts the guest and OpenVMS boots. After executing the standard startup procedure, the system is ready for user login.
The appliance has SSL and VSI TCPIP installed and the customer does a standard network configuration specific to their local network address. TELNET and FTP are the network applications available in this release. FMS, SSMgr, CSWS (Apache), and DECnet IV kits are on the appliance and can be installed. The V9.0-F release added
- Volume shadowing
- MSCP served disks
- Basic VMScluster support (limited configurations)
- CRTL updates
- C, FORTRAN, PASCAL updates
- LINKER updates
- Zip / Unzip
With each release more core operating system features will be available. Also, layered products and additional compiler updates (in the Cross Tools Kit) will be ready for use.
New additions targeted for the 10-February V9.0-G release are:
- Boot Manager updates
- Reserved Memory support
- DECthreads updates
- VMware support
- System Service Intercept
Below are a few snippets from the terminal: