[oclug] Oldest Linux install?
wisq-oclug at wisq.net
Sat Feb 26 17:04:30 EST 2005
On Fri, Feb 25, 2005 at 10:56:39PM -0500, Peter T. wrote:
> What was your oldest Linux install?
Slackware on a 486, 27 December 1996.
That same install continued to run on a 486 as my primary console,
even once I had a farm of about four Pentium III's. I'm stubborn as
hell, I guess. Even when I needed CPU, I just SSHed to the faster
machines. Text-only all the way -- Tinyfugue, Pine, Lynx, and SSH
were all I needed.
For the latter half of its life, it probably had an uptime approaching
one hundred per cent. I finally shut it down shortly before its sixth
birthday on 5 December 2002.
My first install *attempt* was September 1996. I was a victim of the
stupid (IMO) inconsistency between device numbering (count from 0) and
partitions (count from 1), and accidentally ended up with a gig of
swap and no DOS partition to speak of, where all the downloaded
Slackware stuff was.
Thankfully, I had switched from a 210-meg hard drive to a 1.2 gig that
summer, and the old drive still had all its data, so not much was
lost, time wise.
(That hard drive went on to service my *slower* firewall for many
years, which ran well into 2001 or 2002 with the same 210 megs.)
It wasn't until I got a book and CD as a holiday gift that I actually
went wholeheartedly into it. It helped that a virus wiped out my
entire system shortly beforehand, too. :)
At one point, I did a live-while-running manual install of RedHat
*over top* of the existing Slackware. Given that I had no real
recourse at the time if the system became unbootable or unusable, it
was an interesting flirt with disaster, but it worked.
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