Alpha Linux Wiki:Community Portal
In the past, most major distributions supported the Alpha Architecture, but as time goes on, fewer continue to maintain their ports.
Gentoo Linux has a maintained Alpha port.
An experimental Fedora port is also available, but it appears dead, being last updated in April 2009.
Until Debian Lenny, Debian maintained an Alpha port. Debian Squeeze will not support Alpha.
Openwall 2.0 has an Alpha port. The development branch is not built on Alpha. Further support for Alpha is dependent on user feedback. If you use Openwall on Alpha, please provide feedback on the owl-users mailing list.
Many Linux distributions once supported Alpha, but do not any longer or have been discontinued. The following lists distributions who supported Alpha in the past and the last Alpha-supporting release.
- Red Hat 7.2
- AlphaCore 3
- CentOS 4.6
- SuSE 7.1
FreeBSD also discontinued their Alpha port after the 6.x series.
A few newsgroups exist for Alpha users, namely
- comp.os.linux.alpha for discussion of running Linux on Alpha
- comp.sys.dec for discussion about DEC Computers
- linux.debian.ports.alpha for discussion of running Debian on Alpha
The main mailing list for Alpha Linux users is the axp-list hosted by Red Hat.
The Red Hat list gets the most traffic and isn't geared toward a specific Linux distribution. The Gentoo list has extremely low volume and it entirely for Gentoo related discussion.
An Alpha/Linux Kernel mailing list is hosted at vger.kernel.org. To subscribe, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with a blank subject line with body subscribe linux-alpha. Archives are located on marc.info.
A general Alpha discussion channel exists at #alpha on irc.freenode.net. Also, a Gentoo oriented channel exists at #gentoo-alpha, also on Freenode.