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From: Alexander Huemer (alexander.huemersbg.ac.at)
Date: Sun Dec 14 2008 - 17:59:03 CST
Matt Turner wrote:
>> I've seen this day coming for a while. The last usable distro was FC3 and we
>> only got that because a couple of Russians gave up sleeping for a year. If,
>> as you say the basic libraries are becoming unusable, maybe the thing to do is
>> put together one really good, working Aplpha distro with clean, usable
>> libraries and sources. A clean build of OpenOffice would be nice!
> I'd obviously recommend Gentoo, but that's just me. Since, for better
> or for worse, you compile everything, you're given more flexibility
> with optional dependencies. Plus, there's none of this finding
> EV5/EV56/PCA56/EV6 optimized binaries, since you specify how they're
> compiled. Obviously, it's more painful for slower boxes though.
> Anyway, I don't mean to advertise (too much :).
>> mounts are handled better now .. what else? Do we really need the latest and
> Latest and greatest isn't exactly what I'm after. I'd be happy knowing
> we were always going to be two revisionr behind. Unfortunately, when
> X.Org leaves us behind, there's no guarantee we can get the relevant
> bugs fixed to get ourselves caught up.
> I try to do my part, but there are some things I'm not experienced
> with and therefore unable to fix. The kernel bugs for instance. We
> need someone like Ivan Kokshaysky, Richard Henderson, or Jay Estabrook
> to step up fix those issues.
> I'm not quite sure what happened to the glibc Alpha stuff. I thought
> Richard Henderson was the maintainer...
> Matt Turner
> axp-list mailing list
i recommend gentoo too.
it has very good support for alpha based systems, most packages in the
portage tree (the gentoo package repository) are available for alpha
based systems out of the box.
it is very easy to apply (possibly self made) patches to software,
because everything is compiled on the local machine anyway.
in case you have resources to provide, join the gentoo community.
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