List of operating systems for Alpha

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Active Linux distributions

These are the distributions that still list Alpha as a supported architecture. This is not a complete list.

Distribution Currently maintained Most recent release
Gentoo Linux Yes Gentoo releases are very regular. Alpha was a supported platform when checked on 10 Nov 2014.

Debian Linux

"The Alpha port is no longer officially supported in the Debian stable release. The last release with official Alpha support was Debian 5.0 "lenny". [1]

However, the online package files for this release are still hosted online. If you try to download the Alpha port from the normal Debian mirrors, you will not find it. To download it go to the Debian Archive site.

Debian packages can still be downloaded and installed from within apt-get by adding the following to /etc/apt/sources.list:

deb lenny main contrib non-free
deb-src lenny main contrib non-free
deb lenny/updates main contrib non-free
deb-src lenny/updates main contrib non-free

Also install the signing keys:

apt-get install debian-archive-keyring

An example of a package directory is:

Discontinued Linux distributions

This list is incomplete and needs expanding.

Distribution Support status
Debian Not supported. Last supported version was 5.0. However, the online package files are still hosted by Debian.
Redhat Not supported.

Non-Linux operating systems

This list is incomplete and needs expanding. The "Currently maintained" column refers to when the author last checked.

Name Currently maintained Most recent release
FreeBSD No
NetBSD Yes Version 6.1.5. Released on 22 Sep 2014.
OpenBSD Yes Version 5.6. Released on 1 Nov 2014.
OpenVMS Yes Notes:
  • Hobbyist licenses are available.
  • The OpenVMS operating system has been relaunched under its own company: VMS Software Inc.
Tru64 (formerly Digital UNIX) No End of standard support was 31 Dec 2012. [2]
UNICOS/mk (Cray supercomputers) Unknown Note: Mentioned for interest because the Alpha architecture was used in the Cray T3E supercomputer.
Windows NT 4.0 No
Windows 2000 RC? No A release candidate for Windows 2000 on Alpha was distributed shortly before Microsoft ceased development on Alpha.


  1. Debian -- Alpha Port
  2. HP Tru64 UNIX Alpha Lifecycle Chart Retrieved 12 December 2014.