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Why Linux is Alpha and Omega

Jan 06, 2011, 22:09 (4 Talkback[s])
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"Curiosity aside, the DEC Alpha chip has a special place in the history of Linux, because it was thanks to the loan of a DEC PC system based on it that Linus not only made the first official port of Linux, but was also able to write up the project as his master's thesis at Helsinki University.

"In fact, this was by no means the first port of Linux to other architectures: almost as soon as it was usable hackers had got the code running on other hardware that eventually came to include the Apple Macintosh, the popular Amiga and Atari micros, the PowerPC platform, and workstations based on the MIPS R4000 and Sun's SPARC processor. But Linus' work on porting to the DEC Alpha chip was the most significant because it entailed a radical re-write of the kernel."

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