Oh man, around a year ago I was playing around an Alpha box with no success. The problem with Alpha is that it is primarily for Windows. It's BIOS is for Windows. Your biggest hurdle will be to actually get a BIOS that can load a Linux loader. I tried playing with Debian, but never had any success. Mostly because I couldn't find the model of my Alpha box and get a the BIOS for it. BIOS isn't the right term, but it is equivalent to it.