alpha is dead

Lukas Dobrek dobrek at
Tue Jul 3 15:13:56 CEST 2001

On Tue, Jul 03, 2001 at 10:24:28AM +0200, Tomasz K?oczko wrote:
> On Tue, 3 Jul 2001, Lukas Dobrek wrote:
> > On Tue, Jul 03, 2001 at 09:42:56AM +0200, --s+ wrote:
> > > hello, i have just read 'computerworld' and compaq declares
> > > he is finishing 'alpha' line of microprocessors in two years,
> > > he made agreement with intel to only support itanium and next
> > > lines of its server processors.
> > > 
> > > should we engage any efforts to support alphas now?
> > 
> > IMHO we should. I am using alpha and I will do it for 
> > many years. Definitely more then two. And there is many people 
> > like me all over the word.
> "We" also should time to time do something for fix this or other bug :>
> I don't see is someone is interested on AXP port (also You :> ).
> Many packages do not compiles correctly on AXP or are out of date (latest
> is XFree86 which even do not pass "rpm -bp"). All avalaible packages are
> produced anly because we build all packages on all archs but I don't see
> is it even used or tested by someone.
I am using PLD on axp without problems. It is indeed  true that I've got
not so much time. But it works really. If something important stop
woking I am starting screaming. You cannot press my to compile KDE or
use GNOME on AXP because I am not using any of them eaven on ix86.
And for shure I am not going to use them on machines which are used
for calculatons, sorry Winetou. But there is a sparc in the tunel
I am gonna put my main server with apache php postgres and crap like
that on double procersor alpha with PLD installed.  

Take Care

Łukasz Dobrek
Institut für Theoretische Physik
Appelstraße 2, 30167 Hannover, Germany
e-mail:dobrek at
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