Off topic: NetBSD or OpenBSD for Alpha server ?

Outback Dingo outbackdingo at
Sat May 5 19:00:54 UTC 2012

On Sat, May 5, 2012 at 2:19 PM, Rod Person <rodperson at> wrote:
> On Sat, 05 May 2012 19:20:10 +0200
> Kenneth Hatteland <kenneth.hatteland at> wrote:
>> The idea of installing FreeBSD 6.4 and experiment with upgrading
>> to7.x and above appeals to quite a lot. If anyone have tried this I`d
>> like to know if it is doable. I guess I`ll pick up the server one of
>> the coming days.
> I have an Aspen Durango II Alpha server that I'm pretty sure I was able
> to upgrade to 7.x using cvs. It been sitting ideal in my basement for a
> few years now. I don't think you can go above 7.
>> The tip on using OpenVMS is okay, I googled it. But this seems to be
>> a commercial OS, and I have no money to spend on it, and I get the
>> server for free to play with. So BSD will be fine.
> The hobby license is free. You just need the media, which I think sells
> for around 30 - 50 bucks when it pops up on Ebay. Not sure if the
> Hobbyist still sell media.
According to

The OpenVMS Hobbyist Program now has a new licensing portal on the
popular site. You can find the announcement here:

License registration is located at

And check out part where is says "In addition, the OpenVMS Hobbyist
Program offers kits containing OpenVMS Base O/S software and selected
Layered Products via download." I know this is something that's been
asked about on several occasions, and HP has finally taken it to
heart. This should also allow the Hobbyist Program to provide a lot
more Layered Products that previously available.

So it seems it is still possible, if he desired to pursue it. I still
have FreeBSD Alpha, and OpenVMS Alpha/Itanium systems chugging along.

> --
> Rod Person     rodperson at
> "Let us in the name of the Holy Trinity, go on sending all the slaves
>  that can be sold."
> - Letter from Christopher Columbus.
>  J.A. Rawley, The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade: A History. Pg.3
> _______________________________________________
> freebsd-questions at mailing list
> To unsubscribe, send any mail to "freebsd-questions-unsubscribe at"

More information about the freebsd-questions mailing list