06-07-2006 11:14 PM
I know of, and use, VTstar and it is under consideration. They would like to evaluate some others.
Features desired are VT300 or higher emulation (req'd), Telnet connection(req'd), full-screen resizing (VTstar can get close with different font selection for different screen resolutions, but doesn't just automatically adjust to a maximize window event), key definition and scripting would be a big plus.
I'd be interested in seeing the recommendations from the ITRC group.
06-07-2006 11:23 PM
I don't know if it meets your VT300 requirement.
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06-08-2006 02:00 AM
Putty is on the list to check.
The TeraTerm product from the referenced thread looks very interesting and we'll definitely check it out. (I could have sworn I'd done a reasonable search before I started a new thread, but I sure missed that one).
PowerTerm is a good emulator, but I suspect the folks from Ericom would prefer that people purchase the Pathworks license to get it.
I am specifically looking for free emulators only.
06-08-2006 02:38 AM
We use PuTTY in our development and system management teams. It has some drawbacks when doing full VT emulation, but nothing drastic.
06-08-2006 03:37 PM
What about using DECterms on the OpenVMS host, displayed on the PC using X? Then the problem becomes "Freeware X servers for Windows"...
06-08-2006 07:55 PM
http://javassh.org/space/start (click JTA binaries) ...
No need to install anything special. But the keyboard implementation sucks.
06-08-2006 10:25 PM
06-08-2006 11:42 PM
I'm a bit reticent to investigate having a couple of hundred Xterms running off my poor little DS20 as well as the management issue, if any, of installing and managing the clients. I will look into it, though.
Thanks! I'd forgotten that the regular version of PowerTerm was free. I'd used their commercial version in the past and it stuck in my mind. It may very well do most of what we want.
The real lack of most of these is the inability of the emulator to scale the fonts when the screen is maximized (TeraTerm doesn't maximize at all).
I've got a couple of hundred medical personnel (nurse's aides, medical assistants, etc.) with a wide variety of PC screen dimensions and the 1st thing they do is hit the maximize button and want their 24x80 terminal to fill the screen.
06-28-2006 08:07 AM
Now, if you've got that, then you've also got eXcursion, which would get you X-windows and therefore, the DECterm capability. This is a great emulator, very light-weight on the client end. Most TEs may suck up to 10's of meg per session, but X hardly increases the the base cost of the eXcursion Server per session.
But for free, you're limited to the likes of PuTTY and TeraTerm. Neither are terribly great, and each has shortcomings that the other doesn't (PuTTY doesn't have remappable keys; TeraTerm doesn't do port forwarding, e.g., X-windows or ftp tunnels, etc.)
I use PuTTY for access to my home VMS box from my laptop, and I'm slowly (after a couple years) getting used to the weird key mapping, made especially bad due to the nature of a laptop keyboard! X^] With no port forwarding, TeraTerm just doesn't do it for me. There are times I need X and don't want the session running in the clear over the Internet.
06-28-2006 08:54 AM
06-29-2006 01:15 AM
We use Powerterm at work, but they told me I would have to purchase my own license. Not going to happen by me. I usea a VPN connection thru cable modem then opened Putty and no connection could be established. However, I have heard about TeraTerm but concerned I may have the same issue as Putty.
What is eXcursion?
06-29-2006 04:38 AM
06-30-2006 04:55 AM
Nancy, I wouldn't mind helping out. My initial guess is that you're probably trying to use the SSH port to connect to the VMS host and most VMS hosts don't have that configured (shamefully). Next time to try it, pay attention the protocol selection radio button under the host entry (you should also see port 23 listed to the right vs. port 22 for SSH).
If that's not it, post back and I'll follow up.
10-10-2006 08:38 PM
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