Subject: Re: To try or not to try (NetBSD)
To: Idar Tollefsen <>
From: Manuel Bouyer <>
List: port-alpha
Date: 07/27/2001 21:32:20
On Fri, Jul 27, 2001 at 03:00:22PM +0200, Idar Tollefsen wrote:
> Hello,
> For over a month now I've been trying to get first OpenBSD and
> then FreeBSD to work on my Alpha. Neither with satisfactory results.
> Having seen and heard a lot of good things about NetBSD on Alpha,
> I'm thinking of giving it a try. Before I do that however, I would
> like get some verification that such an effort would actually get me
> where I want to go, not just wasting more of my time.
> I have a 21164A on a 164LX motherboard. It has a ESS sound card, a
> Diamond FireGL 1000 Pro graphics card  (Permedia 2 from 3DLabs) and
> an Adaptec ANA-62011 NIC.
> My biggest concern is whether or not I willbe able to get X running.
> This has so far been my biggest grief with the two other BSDs.
> Having read the NetBSD FAQ for the Alpha, the phrase  "only ZLXp-E1
> and Powerstorm 3D30 are supported by the X server, while X client
> programs run just fine" doesn't sound promising. Should I take this
> as a "No, you can't run X with your Diamond card" (I suppose I
> should)? And what consequences does this have? That I have to run
> the client programs from another machine that has a working X server
> for my graphic card?

There have been efforts in the past to get Xfree running on NetBSD/alpha.
I'm not sure in which state this is (I use alphas as servers).

Manuel Bouyer <>