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CD-ROM Products available to order
Email orders to sknutson (at) cbttape.org
be sure to include your mailing address, be specific about which CD(s)
you want and understand you are expected to pay $5 USD for each CD in a return
envelope on receipt or by
PayPal. (Additional donations gladly accepted).
CBT Tape CD #16 now shipping
August - 2005
CBT Base Tape V469
CBT Overflow Tape V466
Bootable CD (on a mainframe) with ZZSA Standalone
Utilities, JES3 tools, VM/370
distribution, MVS 3.8j base distribution, and more. OS/360 base
distribution has been removed from the CBT CD to make room for more MVS based
material. OS/360 CD's in two flavors are available to order below.
(This is the same version just updated and distributed at SHARE
Format is CD-R
Volker Bandke MVS Turnkey CD #3 now shipping
August - 2002
A turnkey MVS system including the hercules emulator
designed to install and be ready to use immediately on Linux or Windows prepared by Volker
Bandke. Format is CD-R
Jay Maynard's OS/360 MVT Turnkey CD #1 now shipping
Feb - 2003
A turnkey OS/360 MVT system configured to use with the Hercules
emulator. Includes a non functional copy of HASP III. This is the version
distributed at the MVT 30th Birthday Party during SHARE in Dallas. Format
Rick Fochtman's OS/360 CD #1 now shipping
Feb - 2003
As described by Rick this CD-ROM contains as complete a set of
OS/360 source materials as I was able to find. It also contains a "genned"
minimal system and a complete set of distribution libraries. The IBM
Corporation, through its agents, has assured me that this material may be
distributed freely, since it was not protected by copyright at the time of
distribution. As a courtesy, you should make any appropriate attributions when
re-using these materials. Rick Fochtman "Gatherer of Archaica".
This is the version distributed at the MVT 30th Birthday Party during SHARE in
Dallas. Format is CD-R
CBTUPDATE NOT CURRENTLY AVAILABLE
A CD with the current CBT Tape in AWSTAPE virtual tape
format. This can be used directly on an emulated MVS system (P390,
Hercules) or may be used to produce a real 3480 tape with the VTT2TAPE utility
from file 533. This CD-ROM has the current CBT tape in AWSTAPE
format and is not directly useable on a PC or on MVS. Also included are
whatever bits are pending for the CBT CD#nn and things which had to be
removed temporarily from the main CBT CD#nn due to space considerations. This CD
is not documented, tested, or intended for wide spread distribution. This CD-R is made on
demand and always has the most current CBT tape version that is then available
Q. How do I go about doing this?
A. You need to send me a mailing address
and be specific about which CD(s)
you want and I will send you the CD-ROM(s). I
operate using trustmail™ I mail on
request and trust you to pay when you receive the package.
your information at email@example.com
Q. Is there a cost involved? If there is how much is it?
A. Yes $5 (USD) per CD which pays for postage and materials
(CD-R blank, mailers, etc.).
There is no charge for the software itself which is
I will include a pre-addressed envelope in the
package so all you need to do is
apply postage, add whatever contents you want, and mail
I trust you to pay and sadly not everyone does
but it's an easy way to purchase some good karma.
All packages are mailed first class in the USA and Air Mail for International
Q. Is $5 enough? Can I help out by sending you a little extra money?
A. If you want to send more anything over costs I will put it into a fund used
the bills for the CBT Tape web site, the mailing program, free
at user groups and other expenses. Any help is always
Q. Can I pay you on-line with a credit card
A. Yes You can send me money directly using the free PayPal
service at http://www.paypal.com
. I have found it to be quick and secure.
to firstname.lastname@example.org when using
PayPal now can be used from many countries outside North
Q. Can I get a Purchase Order/Invoice/Receipt?
A. Not at this time. If this is important to you please email me email@example.com
let me know and if there is enough interest we will try to arrange this.
Q. I live in another country than the United States can I pay you in my
A. I would prefer not. Checks drawn on banks outside the US usually
cost me more to
cash (fee imposed by my bank) than they are worth.
currency is typically inconvenient to get converted to US dollars and most
I can do it charge a fee.
The bottom line is that I have to pay
postage and buy supplies in US dollars.
We place trust in you
mailing on request.
We ask that you make an effort to pay in US dollars or
an International Postal Money Order.
Electronic payment by PayPal may be a
Q. Is any money I send you tax deductible?
A. NO. The CBT Tape is not a charity or a business rather a
group of volunteers so any money you send ($5 or $500) is NOT tax deductible.
Q. How long would it take me to get this once I have ordered it?
A. In North America usually about a week.
Q. Do I need to provide my own CD-R media?
A. No. It's silly to have you mail me a single blank CD-R.
Q. What is on the CBT CD-ROM exactly?
A. Lots! All of this and more!
* CBT BASE Tape the most popular and frequently updated
* Updates pending to the next release of the CBT Tape
* ZZSA this CD can be booted in your IBM mainframe to the
ZZSA Standalone Utilities or you may build a tape or disk to IPL
* Steve Samson e-book MVS Performance Management OS/390 Edition by Stephen L. Samson
* Bob DuCharme's e-book The Operating Systems Handbook
* Blue Zone FTP mainframe friendly Windows FTP client free for personal or commercial use
* CBT Overflow Tape the older but still useful material
* JES3 JES3 utilities and sample code including the very latest updates to the free SDF SPOOL viewer
* OS/360 Resources The IBM MVS OS/360 operating system
* VM/370 R6 Resoures The IBM VM/370 R6 operating system
* MVS 3.8J Resources The IBM MVS 3.8j operating system
* Hercules The Hercules System/370, ESA/390, and z/Architecture Emulator
* Volker Bandke's Hercules Documents & Tools Detailed help on building
Hercules for Windows, Generating an MVS system, and more
* Planet MVS David Alcock's web site full of useful information, software, and just plain fun!
* Introduction to Generating and Running OS/360 on Hercules by Jay Maynard
* UCLAmail a unique mainframe based mail package which includes the useful
IPC cross memory communications facility. Interesting code to examine.
* Lionel Dyck's Tools and Toys XMITIP and other great ISPF tools and toys
* Nigel Pentland's 'RACF' utilities are text processing programs which take an IRRDBU00 ASCII flat file
download from RACF and produces as output text reports and depending on the program JCL which
can be checked, transfered back to mainframe and submitted.
* PDS Magician a free Windows Utility to extract contents of XMIT files on a PC
* XMIT Manager a free Windows Utility to view and extract the contents of
XMIT files on a PC also FTP2JES a few utility for access to the JES by FTP
* RECV390 yet another free Utility for working with XMIT files on a PC and more from Jim Morrison
* Book Explorer a free add-on to improve the use of IBM softcopy readers
Q. What is on the Volker Bandke MVS Turnkey CD-ROM exactly?
A. See Volker's site
Q. What is the CBT tape ?
A. The CBT tape is a collection of freeware, almost all open-source
for the IBM mainframe MVS and OS/390 operating system environment.
It includes useful tools like PDS, TAPEMAP, full screen ZAP, sample exits,
SHOWMVS, and lots more. File 1 has a discussion of the tape and tips for
started along with a complete description of the contents
of the current version
of the tape and it’s change history.
Q. How often is the CBT Tape CD updated?
A. The CBT CD #nn is updated at least twice a year about a
month in advance
of the SHARE conference and otherwise and
media supplies are depleted and time
permits. CBTUPDATE is produced on
demand and is updated each time a new CBT Tape
is released but no attempt
is made to package it in a friendly format as with
Q. What is on the CBT Tape CD?
A. Lots! The CD is a collection of the everything on the CBT Tape and a great
other freeware tapes and useful free tools. Distributions of IBM
operating systems OS/360, MVS 3.8J, VM/370 R6.
Refer to the
readme.txt file and the web site http://www.cbttape.org
The current update continues to add material to help make these
useable, a recent version of the Hercules emulator, and the latest CBT Tape
version of course.
Lots of other little useful bits too with almost 625M of highly
compressed MVS Freeware goodness!
Q. Will the personal information that I reveal in ordering this such as my
identity, employer, email address and mailing address be shared with anyone
A. No! Your personal information will not be shared with anyone and it
is not available for sale under any terms.