[oclug] Oldest Linux install?
herbr at magma.ca
Sun Feb 27 10:05:49 EST 2005
OK, I read this yesterday and went to do some digging.
I had (can't find them now} a full set (minus boot and root) for 0.99 on
5.25" floppies. At the time all I had was a 1200 baud modem but at
Bell-Northern Research I requested external access to the internet to
"learn more about Linux" from my C-level. He agreed without any discussion
and I brought in a 386 20MHz motherboard and a floppy controller, video
card and a Seagate ST02 8-bit SCSI card connected to a 50 Meg (1) 5.25"
full-height drive. I don't remember putting in a network card but I must
have - modems were not "a good thing" in BNR at that time. This motherboard
also used SIPPs (like IC sockets in a single line) and I had to convert 4
30-pin SIMMs to work in it.
I set the machine up at my desk and began downloading the floppy images. I
remember it taking a while because I formatted each floppy and verified it.
failures sent me out to buy more floppies! I think that I used DOS on
this machine just to get the images.
I think I may have downloaded Slackware because I used it for may years
after that. I installed Linux and brought it up. Boy was there ever
interest from some of my fellow MS's in this OS! One of them quickly
hammered away at the keyboard and crashed it! He expressed disgust at the
fragility of the OS but today he uses it exclusively!
Since then I've upgraded MANY times on x86, used Linux on several PPC
machines and still have a couple of PA-RISC machines running linux.
Unfortunately, I haven't tried Linux on a Sparc machine!
At 10:56 PM 2/25/2005, you wrote:
>What was your oldest Linux install?
>Mine was Red Hat 5.1 on a 586. circa 2000-2001.
>Peter Timusk B.Math Just trying to stay linear
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