HEADSUP: Alpha support is being retired in 7.0

John Baldwin jhb at freebsd.org
Thu May 11 18:59:41 UTC 2006

Alpha was the first non-x86 port that was added to FreeBSD, and as such it has 
greatly aided the efforts to keep FreeBSD from being too i386-centric.  
However, recently the Alpha port has not had any active development or 
maintenance.  As a result, the quality of the Alpha releases that the Project 
provides are not on par with other supported architectures and is in fact 
degrading.  Unfortunately, as an architecture it has also been killed by its 

After considering all of this, it is time to part with Alpha for 7.0 and 
beyond.  At this time it is still planned to provide 6.x releases for 
FreeBSD/alpha.  The code will still be around in CVS history if someone 
suddenly shows up and fixes a bunch of bugs and/or the architecture is 
revived.  Users with Alpha systems are welcome to use existing releases of 
FreeBSD/alpha or another BSD such as NetBSD/alpha.  We would still like to 
see bug fixes for FreeBSD/alpha on 6.x so that the final release is solid.

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