Off topic: NetBSD or OpenBSD for Alpha server ?

Anton Shterenlikht mexas at
Fri May 4 21:04:22 UTC 2012

On Fri, May 04, 2012 at 04:45:17PM -0400, Outback Dingo wrote:
> On Fri, May 4, 2012 at 3:56 PM, Erik N?rgaard <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 :)

6.4 is way past EOL. It's irresponsible to recommend it.
I've run VMS on Alphas for several years,
there's nothing wrong with it. Indeed,
it's very good. Plus VMS Alpha is
highly optimised. You are unlikely to
get a similar performance from any other
OS on this architecture.

If you want to learn UNIX, then I strongly
recommend FreeBSD, but do not use an
obsolete version.

Anton Shterenlikht
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