From: Fred N. van Kempen <>
Date: Sat Oct 23 13:56:14 2004

On Sat, 23 Oct 2004, Dan Williams wrote:

> > Interesting. The Multia is so slow that I ran 7.2 on mine only to see that it
> > worked.
> >
> How slow is it. I would of thought a 166 alpha would be a lot faster
> then a vaxstation.
It can be, if it were a "real" Alpha system design. The Multia,
although equipped with an Alpha processor, was designed to be as
cheap as possible, so its design omitted several important things
that are vital to optimum Alpha performance. My COBRA (DEC4000)
system, with one CPU taken out, is a HELL of a lot faster than
the Multia.

Still, it's a nice box. But running VMS on it is, um, painful.

You'll have a lot more fun with it running xBSD or Linux.

Received on Sat Oct 23 2004 - 13:56:14 BST

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