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MicroTimes: Freeware Fills Compaq's Alpha WinNT Void

Nov 13, 1999, 22:24 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Alan Winston)

"Compaq also will provide a "free operating system replacement for AlphaServers to OpenVMS or Tru64 UNIX - [Compaq] doesn't distribute Linux, but [it] could certainly be put onto the AlphaServers that have also been certified for Linux," Dancy says...."

"If you're not wedded to NT, or if your servers are old enough that you can't get much of a break from Compaq, you're not dead yet. You can get freeware UNIX for most Alpha systems. Compaq will sell you new ones with Linux pre-loaded, if you like; Compaq and Alpha Processor both recognized that this strategy is the best volume play they have for the chip...."

"If you use your servers for file and print services, you should run Samba on Linux or NetBSD. This widely used freeware lets your UNIX server participate fully in a Windows workgroup or NT network, and the UNIX/Samba system will probably crash a lot less than most NT services. You can also do scripted backups automatically without buying a backup product."

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