Subject: Re: DEC 3000/700 and NetBSD
To: Miles Nordin <carton@Ivy.NET>
From: Manuel Bouyer <>
List: port-alpha
Date: 02/12/2006 13:49:57
On Sat, Feb 11, 2006 at 04:43:45AM -0500, Miles Nordin wrote:
> >>>>> "r" == Rowdy  <> writes:
>      r> Question 2: Has anyone experienced any instability or problems
>      r> with NetBSD 3.0 on the alpha architecture?  
> Yes, I found 3.0_BETA would crash pretty fast running KDE and Gnome
> programs, I assume because of some threading bug.  I should try, but
> haven't:
>   * 3.0 Release.  maybe it's fixed.  It's totally unfair to criticize
>     the beta, but...I am still running it.
>   * build pkgsrc with PREFER_NATIVE_PTHREADS=no in /etc/mk.conf to
>     make it like a 1.6 system
>      r> If so, would it be safer to stick with an older version, say
>      r> 2.1, or perhaps 1.6.2?
> I didn't try threaded programs on earlier versions.  If I just don't
> run any Gnome/KDE stuff, all my other programs including apache are
> not threaded, and the system stays up for months.

Well, my main desktop is a alphastation 255 (21064 CPU too) running 3.0 and
didn't experience any crash. I'm not using gnome nor KDE though, but
I'm running firefox (compiled with gtk2). Perl is compiled with threads too.

For my desktop, 3.0 is much much faster than 1.6.2.

Manuel Bouyer <>
     NetBSD: 26 ans d'experience feront toujours la difference