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DebianPlanet: Installing Debian on vintage Alphas

Feb 20, 2002, 14:46 (0 Talkback[s])

[ Thanks to Rob Bradford for this link. ]

"The early 90's had many UNIX workstation vendors. There are plenty of models to choose from, many of which are supported by Debian GNU/Linux. Alpha machines represent a good place to start exploring the world of old computers, for two reasons: First, there is good documentation available for them, and second, they are compatible with many kinds of common PC hardware.

Documentation: There is plenty of documentation for old Alpha workstations on the Net. Many operating systems support the Alpha architecture, so there is no shortage of support pages, mailing lists, and HOWTOs. The Alpha Linux page is a particularly good resource. Furthermore, you can still download the original manuals for many Alpha workstations from the old Digital FTP site. This documentation can help you overcome both hardware and software problems.

Compatibility: Alpha workstations are compatible with many kinds of inexpensive PC hardware. For example, my Alpha workstations use VGA, 10BaseT Ethernet, and PCI cards, just like the average PC. My Multia workstations even have two PCMCIA card slots."

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