CGI engine

Scott Raney raney at
Fri Aug 30 14:23:01 EDT 2002

On Thu, 29 Aug 2002 Tim <tim11 at> wrote:

> After contacting my Web Host and wrangling the info from them, I found out
> that they're using DecAlpha processors on Solaris. I didn't find the
> appropriate rev engine for that platform on the rev site. Is there any
> workaround or would I have to switch to different provider?

If they really told you that, it's time to switch to a different
provider ;-)

You see, Solaris doesn't run on Alpha processors, only on SPARC and
x86 processors.  Alpha processors can run Tru64 UNIX (aka "Digital
UNIX"), Linux, and if you're really a glutton for punishment, VMS.
The bigger problem with Alpha processors being that they were one of
the casualties of the DEC/Compaq merger and were effectively
discontinued several years ago (I think you can still by old stock,
but AFAIK they've even discontinued manufacturing of replacement parts
now).  Bottom line, you don't want to be using a hosting service that
uses Alpha systems.  Solaris is fine, and you'll want the solsparc
package (at least, that's what it's called in the MetaCard
distribution).  Linux is also good, but be sure to get an ISP that has
installed the X11 libraries.  Most do, but some don't under the
mistaken impression that they're not needed in a server environment.

> -- 
> Tim

Scott Raney  raney at
MetaCard: You know, there's an easier way to do that...

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