Off topic: NetBSD or OpenBSD for Alpha server ?

Outback Dingo outbackdingo at
Fri May 4 20:45:19 UTC 2012

On Fri, May 4, 2012 at 3:56 PM, Erik Nørgaard <norgaard at> wrote:
> On 04/05/2012 19:51, Kenneth Hatteland wrote:
>> So I checked the 2 other main contenders and just wanted to ask if
>> anyone here had an opinion what 2 install of the BSDs ? Or perhaps
>> FreeBSD 6.4 is a good choice ( I have not tested Open or Net BSD so
>> FreeBSD is my hometurf) The machine will probably be a server to have
>> fun with and hopefully learn something from. Perhaps some server role in
>> my rig, routing, security etc.....
>> Any advise would be nice :)

QNX will not run on the Alpha architecture, freeBSD 6.4 in my opinion
is still the far better choice for anything alpha
the only other thing i would recommend oin that platorm would be
OpenVMS from the hobbyist kit. But then again
I only run real Operating systems on my Alphas :)

> A few things you could consider:
> - which OS seems to be the most active? I recall NetBSD was about a dead end
> a few years ago, but maybe they got back.
> - which OS seems to offer you the best learning oportunity? If you're
> interested in security OpenBSD might be a choice.
> ... but then, why not try both, it's free.
> Or consider something completely different? If I had to go BSD, and not
> FreeBSD, I'd go with OpenBSD for the security. But I'd much rather like to
> try a microkernel system like QNX if that would be an alternative.
> BR, Erik
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