Re: lenny+1 and the future of the alpha port?
On Fri, Aug 22, 2008 at 06:00:34AM -0500, Gary Lee Phillips wrote:
> As has already been pointed out, the diversity of the Alpha hardware and
> machine code instruction set is a significant security advantage especially
> for a firewall, mail host, or web server where attacks are more likely to
> occur. This can help accrue benefits to Linux as a whole. As the active
> market share of Linux installations continues to increase, which seems
> likely to happen, hackers will turn more focus toward "breaking" Linux
> security. The existence of diverse hardware with the same operating system
> and management tools is a major advantage against this problem, and I for
> one will hate to see the Alpha go. What can take its place? Now that Apple
> has moved to Intel style processors, there seems to be no alternative line
> of evolution left.
Well, sparc still exists; and ARM seems to be stepping up as the major
contender for non-x86 CPUs as the "embedded" label is applied to
But in terms of the market, Alpha already lost years ago when Compaq
vivisected that part of DEC...
Steve Langasek Give me a lever long enough and a Free OS
Debian Developer to set it on, and I can move the world.
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 Which doesn't imply non-Intel!