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Date:      Wed, 16 Mar 2016 14:22:36 +0100
From:      Outback Dingo <outbackdingo@gmail.com>
To:        Polytropon <freebsd@edvax.de>
Cc:        "Steve O'Hara-Smith" <steve@sohara.org>, freebsd-questions@freebsd.org
Subject:   Re: Best freBDS 64bit version or fork for ~2001-2002 DEC Aplha?
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On Wed, Mar 16, 2016 at 1:07 PM, Polytropon <freebsd@edvax.de> wrote:

> On Wed, 16 Mar 2016 11:37:21 +0000, Steve O'Hara-Smith wrote:
> > On Wed, 16 Mar 2016 12:09:40 +0100
> > Polytropon <freebsd@edvax.de> wrote:
> >
> > > On Wed, 16 Mar 2016 18:55:16 +1100, Chris Hope wrote:
> > > > As pre-purchase research I'm looking to buy a $500-800(AUD) DEC Alpha
> > > > 64bit home desktop workstation circa 1998-2001.
> > > >
> > > > What is the latest kernel 64bit either internal project or
> recommended
> > > > fork that supports it (with KDE/Gnome 1 or similar UI).
> > >
> > > I'd say that the current production release FreeBSD/ia64 10.2
> >
> >       ia64 is Itanium, that's not going to run on an Alpha.
>
> Sorry... not compatible with Alpha 64 bit? My mistake... as you
> can see, I'm out of "non-x86 country" for a long time so I can't
> even properly recognize the most common architecture names... :-(
>
>
>
> > > Otherwise, check out FreeBSD/alpha, but keen in mind this
> > > branch has been discontinued:
> > >
> > > https://www.freebsd.org/platforms/alpha.html
> >
> >       That should do - but it is ancient, ports are likely to be
> > troublesome.
>
> This will only work with older versions of KDE or Gnome (of the
> requested time period, 10 years ago) as they are in the source
> repository for that FreeBSD version and the corresponding ports
> infrastructure. Binary packages are probably still available,
> but (as well) only for that older system version.
>
>
>
> > NetBSD may be a better option.
>
> Yes, NetBSD support is probably much better - both the OS and
> the applications are current.
>
> http://wiki.netbsd.org/ports/alpha/
>
> NetBSD/alpha 7.0 sure is worth trying.
>


another good candidate for Alpha is OpenVMS hobbyist, or well... linux...
sorry guys... had to say it. I remember those good old Alpha/FreeBSD days
well.


>
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