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How Linux got to be Linux: Test driving 1993-2003 distros


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#1 OFFLINE   securitybreach

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Posted 11 August 2017 - 04:13 PM

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How Linux got to be Linux: Test driving 1993-2003 distros Enjoy a trip down Linux memory lane as we take early distros for a spin.

A unique trait of open source is that it's never truly EOL (End of Life). The disc images mostly remain online, and their licenses don't expire, so going back and installing an old version of Linux in a virtual machine and getting a precise picture of what progress Linux has made over the years is relatively simple.  We begin our journey with Slackware 1.01, posted to the comp.os.linux.announcenewsgroup well over 20 years ago.....

https://opensource.c...driving-distros

(I tried to post some of the content but it didn't work right but there is a lot of neat stuff on that post)
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Posted 12 August 2017 - 05:09 AM

Neato that such old os's will still work. I wonder if you could do that same experiment with Windows or Apple's products ? :whistling:
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Posted 12 August 2017 - 08:22 AM

I've seen some articles where folks ran Windows 98 in VMWare Player or VirtualBox.
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Posted 12 August 2017 - 09:33 AM

View Postabarbarian, on 12 August 2017 - 05:09 AM, said:

Neato that such old os's will still work. I wonder if you could do that same experiment with Windows or Apple's products ? :whistling:

You can install Windows 3.1.1 as well in virtualbox:

https://www.youtube....h?v=HktlzfPOLEA
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Posted 12 August 2017 - 07:32 PM

Wouldn't be easy because first you'd have to get DOS working, then install Windows. Kinda like an Arch install where you get the basic system going, then install X.
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