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"FreeAXP™ puts an Alpha on your laptop for free!"

Supported O/S

Avanti and FreeAXP have been tested installing, booting, and running the following O/S.

Tru64 & Digital UNIX

    • Digital UNIX V3.2C
    • Digital UNIX V3.2G
    • Digital UNIX V4.0A
    • Digital UNIX V4.0B
    • Digital UNIX V4.0D
    • Digital UNIX V4.0E
    • Digital UNIX V4.0F
    • Digital UNIX V4.0G
    • Tru64 UNIX V5.0
    • Tru64 UNIX V5.0A
    • Tru64 UNIX V5.1
    • Tru64 UNIX V5.1A
    • Tru64 UNIX V5.1B
    • Tru64 UNIX V5.1B-5
    • Tru64 UNIX V5.1B-6


    • OpenVMS 6.2
    • OpenVMS 6.2-1H3
    • OpenVMS 7.0
    • OpenVMS 7.1
    • OpenVMS 7.1-1H1
    • OpenVMS 7.2
    • OpenVMS 7.2-1
    • OpenVMS 7.3
    • OpenVMS 7.3-1
    • OpenVMS 7.3-2
    • OpenVMS 8.2
    • OpenVMS 8.3
    • OpenVMS 8.4

Host O/S

Avanti and FreeAXP are tested under the following 64-bit host O/S.

Windows (64-bit)

    • Windows Server 2019
    • Windows Server 2016
    • Windows Server 2012
    • Windows Server 2008 R2
    • Windows 10
    • Windows 8.1
    • Windows 8

FreeAXP™ - A Free Virtual Alpha

Try an Avanti™ virtual Alpha without commitment.

FreeAXP is a free Avanti™ virtual Alpha technology demonstrator. It provides a virtual AlphaServer 400 equipped with 1 CPU, 128MB memory, 7 disk drives, two NICs, and two virtual serial ports. It is hosted on Windows 64-bit systems and includes an unrestricted usage license. FreeAXP allows unlimited testing of virtual Alpha implementation without commitment to purchase products or services.

Virtual Alphas developed using FreeAXP are fully compatible with Avanti. FreeAXP configurations transfer to Avanti without modification. FreeAXP is suitable to replace hobbyist and non-critical Alpha systems. Clients requiring additional performance and capabilities can easily upgrade to Avanti.

Virtual Alpha Bonus

Along with the benefits of replacing legacy Alpha hardware, a FreeAXP virtual Alpha provides several new options. Multiple test systems, portability, remote hosting, training environments, remote backups, and more all become options with FreeAXP that were simply impossible with ageing physical equipment.

FreeAXP Features

  • Produced by a company with 24 years of Alpha experience.
  • Free for commercial & personal use!
  • No product registration required and no expiration date!
  • Virtual OpenVMS, Digital UNIX, or Tru64 UNIX environment.
  • Native64-bit Windows host O/S support.
  • Simple configuration.
  • Portability: Have an Alpha available on a laptop.
  • VM's: Supported on VMware, VMware vMotion, Sun VirtualBox, Apple Boot Camp & others.
  • Binary compatibility: Alpha application source code not required.
  • Support: Free user forum or paid annual support.

*Starting with FreeAXP V3, support will be 64-bit only.

FreeAXP Components

FreeAXP provides the following user configurable components:

  • 32 - 128MB of virtual memory
  • Up to seven storage devices
  • One physical CD-ROM
  • Two 100Mb NIC
  • Two virtual serial ports (1 console, 1 terminal)

FreeAXP Support

FreeAXP is provided free of charge without warranty or official support. Commercial users requiring official support can request a fee-based contract via our department or order it via the Paypal button above.

The FreeAXP User Forum is hosted on the OpenVMS Hobbyist web site. Use the FreeAXP forum to report issues and exchange ideas with the FreeAXP community. Migration Specialties moderates the forum and watches it for problem reports. FreeAXP questions and bug reports should be filed on the forum and will be addressed as time permits. We thank the folks at OpenVMS Hobbyist for providing this service and encourage you to browse the site for OpenVMS information.

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