[rescue] NeXTSTEP or OPENSTEP?

Lionel Peterson lionel4287 at gmail.com
Sun Aug 10 11:04:56 CDT 2014

I just now attempted to request an OpenVMS license, I think I was
successful, as I am now awaiting to be contacted after my request is
reviewed - anyone know how long it should take after submission? I'm not in
a rush, but I am curious what to expect.

My notes on the process follow:

OpenVMS Hobbyist license How-to:

(Based on info at - http://labs.hoffmanlabs.com/node/1416 )

Telnet to 'decuserve.org'

Enter command REGISTRATION

Complete registration, at end note system-generated user id and password,
once noted, you will be logged off system

Telnet back too 'decuserve.org', when prompted enter previously noted id
and password - you will be asked to change your assigned password.

Once you complete a profile configuration process you will be dropped into
a DCL prompt, enter


And the system will report the information needed to request a free
hobbyist license. It will consist of the name of the charter organization
(DECUSERVE), your membership number (mine is six digits), and the last name
associated with the membership number - I assume that is used as a check,
just be sure your OpenVMS Hobbyist license request includes the same last
name to be sure.

You then logout of Decuserve.org and go to:


Answer all questions, including organization, membership number, and other

Once you complete the form and submit it, you are told you will be

I assume an email will be sent


On Saturday, August 9, 2014, Steven M Jones <smj+rescue at crash.com> wrote:

> On Aug 9, 2014, at 3:54 PM, Lionel Peterson wrote:
> > I was a decus member back in the day (when I had first gotten my
> Pro-350),
> but
> > I guess that's moot now - I guess to secure a hobbyist license I need to
> look
> > into getting a membership in one of the listed organizations, any
> pointers
> > before I google this? I seem to recall there were a couple groups that
> were
> > free to join to qualify one for a hobbyist license...
> Compaq/HP sent out a lot of nonsense about their groups, and in fact I
> believed for a long time that the original DECUS had been subsumed or
> quietly
> throttled in its sleep. But the "real" DECUS lived on despite those
> mailings,
> and is now known as DECUServe.
> Point your web browser at http://decuserve.org and have a look. You may
> very
> well be able to reactivate your original DECUS account from the good old
> days
> by telneting to decuserve.org and giving "REGISTRATION" as the username.
> I was
> able to revive my account there last year, despite it having expired in
> their
> system many years previously. They'll even tell you when it was last
> active,
> or when it expired, according to their records. I believe in my case it was
> over ten years, but I didn't have any trouble with it.
> Carl, same applies to you - I'd forget about Encompass, Connect, or
> whatever
> they're calling it. See if you can't activate your original DECUS account
> with
> DECUServe, or else create a new one. Hopefully their messages will avoid
> the
> NSA line eater, or whatever's hanging up the messages from that other
> group.
> Hope this helps,
> --S.
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Lionel Peterson
lionel4287 at gmail.com

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