Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 30th Jun 2005 12:27 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems There are increasing rumors that Alpha might be brought back to life. The Inq sets the big 'if' aside and explores the possiblities: "What if there really is a will to get Alpha back into the changed market? What sort of chip would it have to be to have that good chance of success, if any?"
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Alpha-powered PCs were available once..
by Max on Thu 30th Jun 2005 17:04 UTC

At least here in Germany. I mean normal PCs, not expensive workstations. They only ran Linux though and at that time "Linux desktop enviroment" meant fvwm. I guess they didn't sell well..
However they also had strong points:
- they totally smoked the x86s in the heavy number crunching discipline.
- they were less power-hungry and less noisy
- they were cheap. only a little more expensive than standard PCs.
I almost bought one...