OpenVMS on x86 was made available to the first customer on May 15, 2020. With the 14-October Release V9.0-E, there are now 30 external users testing the system. The V9.0-F release is scheduled for 9-December. Given customer feedback and our own development progress, we will announce a new rollout plan for the first few months for 2021 early in the year.
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. CSWS, FMS, and SSM kits are on the appliance and can be installed. The V9.0-E release added
- DECnet IV
- Improved exception handling
- Improved system stability
- Installation of signed PCSI kits
- CRTL updates
- Idle CPUs go into low power mode
- Cross Tools Kit
- COBOL and PASCAL updates
- Temporary "stub" images for linking against DECwindows
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 9-December V9.0-F release are:
- Limited cluster support
- Reserved Memory support
- CRTL updates
- VAX floating point support (compiler and RTL updates)
Below are a few snippets from the terminal: