Not many around (never were). Since the HW was developed externally, it
will reach a stage where little things like firmware get too out of date. I
have one in my office, that I occasionally power up (it has V7.3-1 on it) -
I use it when I go to a number of customer sites to bring along my
> > > What is the latest SUPPORTED version of VMS on it?
> > According to the SPD:
> > OpenVMS Alpha Version 7.3-1 is the final version to
> > support the following systems:
> > DEC 2000 Models 300/500
> > Tadpole AlphaBook 1
> It seems about the "right" time to drop support for the 2000 300/500.
> The Tadpole was never a big seller, and not even a |d|i|g|i|t|a|l|
> product. I'm surprised that 7.3-1 is still supported on it. Why hasn't
> Tadpole support been dropped earlier?
> Is there something about 7.3-2 which would make Tadpole support
> difficult, or was it just decided that it wasn't worth bothering with
> Just guessing here: certifying systems for a particular VMS version is an
> expensive task. So support is dropped for systems that are no longer
> commercially useful. So 7.3-2 might work on a Tadpole, but in case of
> problems you're on yor own. Similar to running VMS on a white-box Alpha,
> Unless the Tadpole requires very specific items, like a bootstrap or
> graphics device driver, that are withdrawn it might still work.