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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
    • OpenVMS 8.4-2L2

Host O/S

FreeAXP is tested under the following 64-bit Microsoft operating systems.

    • 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 Avanti™ Virtual Alpha for Free!

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 Microsoft Windows 64-bit operating systems. Usage is unrestricted. FreeAXP provides unlimited deployment of virtual Alpha environments without commitment to purchase products or services.

Virtual Alpha's 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 the more powerful Avanti product.

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 legacy physical equipment.

FreeAXP Features

  • Binary Compatibility: Alpha application source code not required.
  • Supported O/S: OpenVMS, Digital UNIX, Tru64 UNIX.
  • Cost: Free for commercial & personal use!
  • Registration: None required.
  • Expiration: None.
  • Simple: To configure and operate.
  • Portability: Run a virtual Alpha on a laptop, desktop, or server.
  • VM's: Supported on VMware, Microsoft Hypr-V, Oracle VirtualBox, Apple Boot Camp & others.
  • Support: Free user forum or paid annual support.
  • Power Management: Auto-Idle feature reduces host CPU and power utilization when virtual Alpha is idle.

FreeAXP Components

FreeAXP provides the following user configurable components:

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

FreeAXP Support

FreeAXP is provided free of charge without warranty or dedicated support. Commercial users requiring dedicated support can request a fee-based contract via our department or order it online via Paypal using the "Add to Cart" 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 monitors the forum. 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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