Subject: Re: Any experince with this alpha?
To: Steve M. Acheson <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Chris G Demetriou <Chris_G_Demetriou@ux2.sp.cs.cmu.edu>
Date: 08/26/1996 16:29:54
>I've got NetBSD up and running on several of the alpha's here at NASA and on
>my personal one at home. Chris Demetriou has done most (all?) of the support
>work for getting the UDB/alpha port working so far.
Jeff Hsu did the original work of making NetBSD/Alpha go on the
AXPpci, which is the generic system family which the Multia/UDB is
I wrote the (vast majority of the) base NetBSD/Alpha machine-dependent
code, and substantially reworked AXPpci CPU support since Jeff
originally wrote it.
> Here's the prob's with the system:
> No Shared libraries yet. Needs people to do development
> - X works, but isn't really as fast as it could be as Chris just hacked
right. The video hardware is actually pretty good (nice acceleration
features), but the X server support is the absolute minimum to make it
> - SCSI works fine except with HP drives (NCR SCSI doens't like HP)
I've heard of no problems like this... And have used it with several
> - The PCI slot is supported, but he PCMCIA (PC-Card) slots are not.
> - 24 meg just isn't enough to run X and compile under as well.
I'd second this.
> - As Fred pointed out (I'm the other he refered to) the Disk is way to small,
> you'll need a lot more. If you strip the binaries, remove un-needed files
> (your choice) you can get the system and X to all fit with about 6 meg of
> disk left (your MB might vary).
I bought my machines with larger disks. 8-)
> - The floppy might not be supported yet (means: I couldn't get it working but I
> didn't try hard either).
Not currently supported.
> - Ethernet works well, and on boot senses what media.
> - Sound card isn't supported.
> Well, I hope that helps you decide. The system is fast (for $800) and runs
> well. I've got 1.2Beta kernel up and running and it seems stable (no
The thing that I like most about these systems, actually, is that
they're _tiny_, and very well integrated. I can stack my pair of
them, and they fit into almost zero space...
> Feel free to ask more questions if you have any... And I'm sure that Chris
> will correct anything I've botched :-)