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From: Maurice Hilarius (mauriceharddata.com)
Date: Fri Jan 11 2002 - 09:21:37 CST
With regards to your message at 03:03 AM 1/11/02, Ingo T. Storm. Where you
> >I'am quite disturbed by this question and the answer :
>That's exactly what I meant with my previous post. And yes, I did buy
>boxed sets in the past, even after having downloaded the ISOs to see
>if they will work on my ruffians at all.
>The underlying calculation (development costs $$$, support costs
>$$$$$, the general alpha market doesn't generate more than $$) has
>been beaten to death on this and other lists. And as I do not have any
>figures how much "$$$$$$" is, and it wouldn't be my money either, so I
>don't feel I have the right to shout at rh but rather adjust to the
It is true. There are not enough customers out there to pay for a
The problem is compounded by three things:
1) Alpha Linux users tend to be more "expert" than the average newbie, and
don't need s much help in downloading and setting up software.
2) More Alphas are used as servers than workstations, so people care less
about other bundled GUI based software than on X86 platform.
3) Bear in mind that pre-21264 hardware is now mainly over 5 years old.
>There is a silver line on the horizon, though. Do any of you follow
>the development of Linux on sparc, esp. the resurrection of 2.4 on
>sparc32 and the project http://aurora.linuxpower.org? With a few
>really good people (which ARE already present on this list) and some
>cooperation of the "masses" (test, test, test!) I think an "open port"
>of rh 7.2 for alpha should be doable. Perhaps not of "industry grade"
>quality, but good enough for those who take part - if they test and
Sure, on the other hand there is already a good Debian project in full swing..
With LOTS of "really good people" involved, many of whom are also on this
With our best regards,
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