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5<guide link="/doc/en/gentoo-alpha-faq.xml"> 5<guide link="/doc/en/gentoo-alpha-faq.xml">
6 6
7<title>Gentoo Linux/Alpha Frequently Asked Questions</title> 7<title>Gentoo Linux/Alpha Frequently Asked Questions</title>
22<license/> 22<license/>
23 23
24<version>1.3</version> 24<version>1.3</version>
25<date>2007-07-13</date> 25<date>2007-07-13</date>
26 26
27<chapter> 27<faqindex>
28<title>About this Document</title> 28<title>About this Document</title>
29 29
30<section> 30<section>
31<title>Introduction</title> 31<title>Introduction</title>
32<body> 32<body>
35This document contains answers to the most commonly asked questions about 35This document contains answers to the most commonly asked questions about
36Gentoo/Alpha and Alpha/Linux. It's aimed at both new users and experienced 36Gentoo/Alpha and Alpha/Linux. It's aimed at both new users and experienced
37users alike. 37users alike.
38</p> 38</p>
39 39
40
41</body> 40</body>
42</section>
43
44<section> 41</section>
45<title>Content</title> 42</faqindex>
46<body>
47
48<p>
49<b>About the Gentoo/Alpha Project</b>
50</p>
51
52<ul>
53 <li><uri link="#what">What is Gentoo/Alpha?</uri></li>
54 <li>
55 <uri link="#status">
56 What is the current status of the Gentoo/Alpha Project?
57 </uri>
58 </li>
59</ul>
60
61<p>
62<b>The Alpha Architecture</b>
63</p>
64
65<ul>
66 <li><uri link="#dead">Isn't the Alpha architecture dead?</uri></li>
67 <li><uri link="#bitapps">Can I run 32-bit applications?</uri></li>
68 <li><uri link="#endian">Is Alpha big endian or little endian?</uri></li>
69 <li><uri link="#i386">Can I run Linux/x86 applications on Alpha?</uri></li>
70 <li><uri link="#why">Why install Gentoo on Alpha?</uri></li>
71 <li><uri link="#where">Where can I buy Alpha hardware?</uri></li>
72</ul>
73
74<p>
75<b>Hardware</b>
76</p>
77
78<ul>
79 <li>
80 <uri link="#ascase">I opened up the case on an AlphaServer and now it won't
81 power on, what do I do?</uri>
82 </li>
83</ul>
84
85<p>
86<b>Alpha Specific Compiler Flags</b>
87</p>
88
89<ul>
90 <li>
91 <uri link="#CFLAGS">
92 Is the use of Alpha specific compiler flags recommended?
93 </uri>
94 </li>
95 <li>
96 <uri link="#MCPU">
97 How do I optimize for a specific instruction set and scheduling model?
98 </uri>
99 </li>
100 <li>
101 <uri link="#MTUNE">
102 How do I specify the scheduling model without changing the instruction
103 set?
104 </uri>
105 </li>
106 <li>
107 <uri link="#mieee">
108 How do I enable software assisted floating point numbers?
109 </uri>
110 </li>
111 <li>
112 <uri link="#MEMLAT">How do I specify the memory latency of my system?</uri>
113 </li>
114 <li>
115 <uri link="#SMALLDATA">
116 How do I specify that static data should be placed in the small data area?
117 </uri>
118 </li>
119 <li>
120 <uri link="#SMALLTEXT">
121 How do I specify that object code should be placed in the small text area?
122 </uri>
123 </li>
124 <li>
125 <uri link="#CFLAGSERR">
126 What do I do if any of these compiler flags cause a compile, linker, or
127 runtime error?
128 </uri>
129 </li>
130</ul>
131
132<p>
133<b>Alpha Booting and Bootloaders</b>
134</p>
135
136<ul>
137 <li><uri link="#SRM">What is SRM?</uri></li>
138 <li><uri link="#ARC">What is ARC?</uri></li>
139 <li>
140 <uri link="#ARCvsSRM">
141 How can I tell if which firmware my Alpha has, ARC or SRM?
142 </uri>
143 </li>
144 <li><uri link="#whichbootloader">Which bootloader do I use?</uri></li>
145 <li>
146 <uri link="#abootfs">
147 Can aboot boot kernels from xfs, reiserfs, or jfs partitions?
148 </uri>
149 </li>
150</ul>
151
152<p>
153<b>Software</b>
154</p>
155
156<ul>
157 <li><uri link="#javasupport">How is Java support in Gentoo/Alpha?</uri></li>
158 <li>
159 <uri link="#currentjava">Will there ever be working Java support?</uri>
160 </li>
161 <li><uri link="#dotnetsupport">How is .NET support in Gentoo/Alpha?</uri></li>
162 <li>
163 <uri link="#dotnetneeded">What is needed for .NET support?</uri>
164 </li>
165</ul>
166
167<p>
168<b>Alpha Linux Kernel</b>
169</p>
170
171<ul>
172 <li><uri link="#whichkernel">Which kernel sources should I use?</uri></li>
173 <li><uri link="#selinux">Are hardened-sources supported?</uri></li>
174 <li><uri link="#smpkernel">Does the 2.6 kernel support Alpha SMP?</uri></li>
175</ul>
176
177<p>
178<b>Helping out the Gentoo/Alpha Project</b>
179</p>
180
181<ul>
182 <li><uri link="#bugs">How do I report bugs?</uri></li>
183 <li><uri link="#project">How can I help the Gentoo/Alpha Project?</uri></li>
184 <li><uri link="#archtest">Is there an Alpha Arch Testers Project?</uri></li>
185</ul>
186
187<p>
188<b>Troubleshooting</b>
189</p>
190
191<ul>
192 <li><uri link="#tshoot-xorg">Why is my Xorg locking up my Alpha?</uri></li>
193</ul>
194
195<p>
196<b>Other Resources</b>
197</p>
198
199<ul>
200 <li><uri link="#noforum">Why is there no Gentoo on Alpha forum?</uri></li>
201 <li>
202 <uri link="#othergentoo">
203 Where can I get more help or information about Gentoo/Alpha?
204 </uri>
205 </li>
206 <li>
207 <uri link="#other">
208 Where can I get more help or information about Alpha/Linux?
209 </uri>
210 </li>
211</ul>
212
213</body>
214</section>
215</chapter>
216 43
217<chapter> 44<chapter>
218<title>About the Gentoo/Alpha Project</title> 45<title>About the Gentoo/Alpha Project</title>
219<section id="what"> 46<section id="what">
220<title>What is Gentoo/Alpha?</title> 47<title>What is Gentoo/Alpha?</title>

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