[rescue] Alpha and Linux?

Dave McGuire mcguire at neurotica.com
Tue Feb 11 23:16:21 CST 2020

On 2/12/20 12:11 AM, William Barnett-Lewis wrote:
> I am pondering if i should try using a version of Linux on my Alphastation
> 200 4/266. I'm considering it for the simple reason that I hope to build
> more modern software on it than is available for Tru64 and still have the
> ability to run the Open Genera application with the Tru64 support.
> Gentoo appears to be fairly recent - 2014. Debian dropped support around
> 5.0 2009  but it is all still there online.
> Anyone here try this or am I better off sticking with Tru64? This is an
> older machine with a maxed out 768 mb of ram ;)
> Thoughts?

  I tried running Linux on Alphas many years ago.  I wasn't particularly
impressed, but then Linux in general really didn't impress me much back
then either. (times sure have changed)

  For that hardware I'd recommend NetBSD.  I've not run it on an Alpha
recently, but a few years ago it used to be quite good on that platform.


Dave McGuire, AK4HZ
New Kensington, PA

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