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Re: Requalification of Alpha for etch

On 8 Oct 2005, at 11:00 pm, Falk Hueffner wrote:

I don't really recall, but it was way beyond being an actual option.

Yup - there are AlphaServers for sale still, but certainly not for prices most people can afford.

I guess the right combination of a good machine and (like Thimo
mentioned) hosting with a competent local admin nearby.

We have both where I work (we still have a lot of Tru64 machines, and although we're steadily switching to Linux -- Debian of course, mostly -- there are a lot of Alpha machines still about), so we're perfectly used to both SRM and Debian. Most of my recent DD activity has been done with an old AlphaPC that sits under my desk.

I have already obtained go-ahead from our head of IT to put one in our DMZ for Debian to use.

We have a huge amount of external bandwidth (a gigabit pipe to the outside world), so that shouldn't be an issue either. All I need is someone to tell me what needs to be done, and we can provide a machine.

Certainly we can make at least a DS20 available, or even an ES40 or ES45 might be possible. We even have a 32 CPU GS320 with 192 GB of memory sitting idle (it got replaced by an Altix), but I doubt I can swing that for Debian. :-)

Someone tell me what we need to do, and we'll do it.


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