Subject: Re: Source for AlphaPC 164SX?
To: Kevin P. Neal <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Jason Thorpe <email@example.com>
Date: 04/23/1998 13:13:53
On Thu, 23 Apr 1998 15:58:38 -0400
"Kevin P. Neal" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
I just talked to "Steve". He was somewhat hesitant to sell me a board.
Basically, he said - "I have one, and I have a customer who thinks his
is busted, so I might not have that one."
> I called and got the sales guy "Steve". I told him I was looking for an EB64
> or EB64+ board. He said that that was an old board and that he did have
> these AlphaPC64 boards.
> I asked if it ran NetBSD and he said it did (add grain of salt here).
> Anybody beg to differ?
There is some support for the EB64+ in NetBSD. The EB64+-specific PCI
stuff was ripped out during the license scandal that some of you might
I have very thorough documentation on the EB64+, so rewriting these
bits should be about a day or two's worth of work.
> Steve called the board a "Cabriolet", which my roommates tell me was a VM
> convertable also. Perhaps I mispronounced it.
Nope, you've got it right. Although, lots of other automobile manufacturers
have had "Cabriolet" models, too :-)
> The board comes with the processor and cache (but I don't remember how
> much). It doesn't come with the rest of the stuff needed to build a running
> system: memory, case, pw supply, etc. You get to add that. So it's cheap,
> but not as cheap as a first glance might let you think.
> Now, is $250 for a Cabriolet motherboard+cpu+cache a decent price?
Probably, if it's a reasonably fast 21064 processor. It's certainly going
to be faster than an AXPpci33 or a Multia (and a lot more reliable than
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