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I'm looking for a way to run HP-UX (for educational purposes), but I don't have HP hardware right now.

These options are not very suitable for me:

  • HP TestDrive program - Looks like it was discontinued 2 years ago.
  • Ski - looks like only CPU emulator. Is it worth trying?
  • HPPAQEMU - Patch for old Qemu for HPPA-Linux guest-OS only. Is it worth trying?
  • hp-ux Aires - I don't need to visualize HP-PA on HP-Itanium. That question is about using HP-UX without HP hardware.

A year ago I was working as a system integrator at TTI Telecom and now I'm (self-|un)employed and don't want to look for job right now because of institute graduation. TTI and some other companies with offices in my city use HP-UX. So better knowledge of HP-UX could be a very useful skill if I decide to work there.

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Is there a reason that you need HP-UX specifically, and not something like Linux or one of the Intel BSDs? – mfinni Mar 18 '10 at 3:11
Chances are he does - the usual reason for this sort of thing is a requirement to work with the kit in some other context. – ConcernedOfTunbridgeWells Mar 18 '10 at 8:30
With your edit, I'm fairly sure that a general Linux education would serve almost as well, and be very easy. That said, if you can get a cheap eBay HPUX machine, do that too. – mfinni Mar 19 '10 at 2:49
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Buy an old server or workstation? I don't see a lot on eBay, but if you could find one locally, I bet a lot of places are like the last place I worked: we threw out a couple of 712 workstations that had been used for testing, and when I left there was still a E55 server sitting unplugged in the corner.

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pity this didn't come up sooner, we just tossed about a dozen of the older pa-risc servers we had – Jim B Mar 18 '10 at 10:59

I agree with Ward's post. For an Itanium/HPUX box you can get a ZX6000 off ebay - a lightly configured one can be purchased for a few hundred dollars. Older PA-RISC boxes can be purchased even cheaper.

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Virtualize hpux is atm impossible at least on x86,is possible to emulate hpux on..hpux,using hp itanium virtual machine or if supported by server via npar or vpar. Is "chained" to specifical hardware and efi(in itanium case) or pdc in hppa case. The qemu hppa patch works only for linux to emulate linux(sic!) hppa in x86,and i think it was painful slowly because lack of accelerator module The only good news: i hear(but is not sure) that hp in the future will port hpux to xeon,so probably we can see it in x86 environments. Atm the only good solution is to buy an old hppa machine(there is a nice workstation called hp C8000) to emulate hpux until 11.23,or a hp itanium machine server to emulate hpux 11.31.

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