NetBSD/alpha is a true 64-bit system that fully implements the LP64
architecture, using 64-bit pointers and 64-bit long integers
(standard integers are still 32 bits) in a linear four terabyte
(4TB) address space. NetBSD/alpha was the first free OS to run on
the Alpha and supports by far the largest number of alpha system
types of any free OS.
Development activity on NetBSD/alpha continues at an intense
pace. Support for no less than six system types covering about
twelve different model numbers has been added in the first half
of 1998. NetBSD runs on most of the common desktop systems and
also on some of the more unusual systems such as the large-scale
8400, all of the TURBOchannel systems, and on the 4100 series.
Easily installed binary distributions of NetBSD/alpha are
available for the recent 1.4 release and for snapshots of the
Archive of older news items
- July 1, 1999: 1.4.1 Preview "Snapshot"
- A pre-beta test build of the upcoming NetBSD 1.4.1
release is available for NetBSD/alpha at
arch/alpha/snapshot/1.4.1/ directory and at the usual
FTP Mirror Sites.
This build contains the EV6 support mentioned immediately below.
- June 30, 1999: EV6 Generation Supported
- NetBSD/alpha now supports all popular 21264-based
systems. This work was supported by
Alpha Processor, Inc..
- May 21, 1999: NetBSD-1.4/alpha CD
Bob Nestor's non-profit CD operation now makes
- May 12, 1999: NetBSD-1.4 released
- The NetBSD
1.4 release supports sixteen architectures, and was
distributed free by Usenix to all 1999
- May 05, 1999:
- NetBSD-current now has greatly improved OSF/1 (a.k.a.
Digital UNIX, a.k.a. Tru64 UNIX) emulation, including
support for dynamically linked binaries such as
Navigator. Yes, you can now run the Tru64 Navigator.
- Apr 12, 1999: Digital Server 330x support
- NetBSD now supports the Digital Server 330x models.
Supported System Models
Systems for which support was added in NetBSD 1.4 are marked
- 264DP, XP1000, DS20, and other EV6-based systems.
NEW! (1.4D, 1.4.1)
- DEC 3000/500-family systems
- DEC 3000/300-family systems
- Digital AlphaStation 200, 250, 255,
and 400 systems
- Digital AXPpci systems (including UDB and Multia)
- EB64+-family systems (including Digital EB64+ and
third-party AlphaPC 64 systems)
- EB66 Evaluation Board
- ALPHABook 1 (1.4)
- Digital AlphaStation 500 and 600 systems
- EB164-family systems (including Digital EB164 and
third-party AlphaPC 164 systems) (support
for some models)
- Digital AlphaServer 8200 and 8400 systems
- Digital AlphaServer 4100 systems
- Digital AlphaServer 1000 systems
- Digital AlphaServer 1000A systems
- Digital AlphaServer 800 systems
- Digital Personal Workstation (``au'' series)
- Digital Server 330x systems
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