History and Status:

The OpenBSD/alpha port was begun in the summer of 1996 by using code from the NetBSD/alpha port which was begun by Chris Demetriou <> in 1994. After the original OpenBSD port, some copyright issues prevented OpenBSD from tracking the NetBSD code. Regardless, work on the alpha port continued and many fixes were made. While we were making fixes, NetBSD continued to make improvements to the alpha port which we were unfortunately unable to use. Over time, because of a lack of programmer resources and the inability to use NetBSD code, hardware and software support became very outdated. This caused the 2.5 and 2.6 releases of alpha to have few kernel enhancements. As a result of its becoming so stale, alpha was not included in the 2.7 release.

Recently, there has been a great deal of interest in bringing the port up to date. This coupled with the fact that NetBSD changed the license on its alpha code so that there are no longer copyright issues has lead to an effort to bring the alpha port back up. (For details on why we were not able to keep tracking the NetBSD code, check our policy page.)

There is currently no maintainer for the alpha port. Technical discussion about the alpha port should be directed to <>. If you are at all interested in development of the alpha port, please send inquiries to this address. If you are interested in the job of alpha port maintainer, help out the project for a while and step up to the job.

Projects (in no particular order):

Supported Hardware:

Because of the changes that are currently being made to alpha, the currently supported hardware is in flux. To the best of our knowledge, the following hardware is still supported, but this could change at any time.


While we are bringing the alpha port back to life snapshots will be unpredictable an sporadic at best. If you are interested in helping out, we encourage you to grab a snapshot, sync with -current and dig in!

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