[rescue] Alpha and Linux?

Dave McGuire mcguire at neurotica.com
Tue Feb 11 23:37:28 CST 2020

On 2/12/20 12:35 AM, Toby Thain 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
> It ran fine.

  Yes but OSF/1 and NetBSD kicked the ever-loving snot out of it
performance-wise. ;)

  I think it was something about spending most of its time in the
unaligned access fixup routine.  But those are very dusty neurons; I
messed with it in the late 1990s I think.


Dave McGuire, AK4HZ
New Kensington, PA

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