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Maybe it's worth adding a note from the document that Scott just linked to?
NOTE: Hercules is intended ONLY for ADVANCED, HIGHLY EXPERIENCED, TECHNICAL USERS. It is almost impossible for a new, unfamiliar user to use it to accomplish anything. It is NOT a Point-And-Click system or anything close to it. 10-20 years of technical experience with IBM Mainframes is required.
Why would you want to intimidate potential new users? Are you familiar with TK4-
(Hercules Turnkey System v4.00-)? Have you viewed the installation manual at http://wotho.ethz.ch/tk4-/MVS_TK4-_v1.00_Users_Manual.pdf ? The site's author, Juergen, went to great lengths to get a system up and running with minimal knowledge. And then there are all the Moshix videos on YouTube! Have you seen those? Any one wanting to learn (about) IBM mainframes have a wealth of information to view, on the Internet. Yes, I agree it is difficult to find the right place to start, but there are also forums to ask questions. https://groups.io/g/turnkey-mvs/ or a friendlier group, https://groups.io/g/hercules-os380/ These links are all documented on http://curlie.org/Computers/Emulators/IBM_Mainframe/Hercules/ except for the https://groups.io/g/hercules-os380/ group which I will be adding very shortly. Thanks, Scott
Here's a testimonial...
It's not current, so please don't try to follow any of the instructions, but you'll get the idea. An excerpt: "I am probably one of the more unusual Hercules and MVS users because I used Hercules before I ever used a real mainframe." You get the idea. Ref: http://timpinkawa.net/hercules/