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Debian GNU/Linux on Alpha – Status

The Alpha port, first officially released with Debian 2.1 slink, is now archived: the last release with official support for it was Debian 5.0 lenny.

Debian GNU/Linux 5.0 lenny

This is the last Debian release which includes the Alpha port.

Debian GNU/Linux 4.0 etch

This release had support for Alpha, but only those machines which can use SRM/aboot to boot can be installed with the new installer.

Debian GNU/Linux 3.1 sarge

This release had full support for Alpha.

Debian GNU/Linux 3.0 woody

This release had solid support for Alpha and is the last one to support machines soly using milo (i.e. not SRM).

Debian GNU/Linux 2.2 potato

Potato has much more software available and supports more types of Alphas than slink did.

Debian GNU/Linux 2.1 slink

The Alpha port was initially released with this release.

Hardware support

Quite a lot of hardware is now supported on Linux/Alpha. Unfortunately, the exact combination of machine, hardware and kernel version is non-trivial, so if you don't find your combo in this list on alphalinux.org, and researching the list archives for Debian and Red Hat-AXP-Lists neither yields a result, then subscribe to the Debian-Alpha list and ask. Usually someone has tried already and can provide useful information.