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Linux 2.6.36-rc5 Kernel Released; Fixes 14 Year Old Bug
Dirk Meyer, the current CEO of AMD, was actually the co-architect of the EV4 and EV6 Alpha processors.
Before DEC/Compaq started its downward spiral, there were plans for a single motherboard/chipset to be able to support both Alpha and AMD CPUs. Remember Slot-A Athlons? Well, there were Slot-B Alphas, and Alpha motherboards using AMD chipsets.
Too bad they never got to the stage of producing motherboards that could actually swap CPU architectures.
Care to explain why it can't run RISC directly? Since I am using Linux with FLOSS drivers anyway, I would like it if I could just flip a switch in the BIOS saying; RISC.
Probably there's just one way in for the instructions to the processor, so they have to go through the x86 decoder and as such must be in CISC form. I'm no expert, but I think RISC and CISC refer to the design of the chip and how it does things, so you can't really convert a CISC cpu into a RISC one just by toggling an option in the bios. If you want Linux on a RISC cpu get yourself an Alpha, or something more pratical like anything with an ARM cpu in it or a pre-intel Macintosh (PowerPC only, motorola 68K is CISC). The Wii, XBOX360 and PS2/3 all use RISC cpus as well and I think you can run Linux on those.