[TriLUG] Astonishing GNU/Linux Time Machine
cristobalpalmer at gmail.com
Tue Feb 27 00:05:05 EST 2007
via Paul Jones, http://www.ibiblio.org/pjones/blog/
Instant GNU/Linux time machine
Free Software Magazine - Tortola,British Virgin Islands
Jump into the Astonishing GNU/Linux Time Machine, and via the magic of
qemu and ibiblio, you too can experience the earliest days of GNU/Linux.
SLS was originally released in September of 1992. Version 1.02 was
released in April 1993. This is the version I first downloaded and used,
and learned how to love computers again. Based on the 0.99p6 Linux kernel,
it came with 1 boot floppy image, and 29 directories that were sized to be
copied to floppy disks. A DOS utility called "rawrite" was used to create
the boot floppy.
Fortunately, thanks to the wonders of modern technology, we don't have to
sit through the grueling floppy shuffle. Please don't be disappointed.
One of the great GNU/Linux sites back in the day was Sunsite, at
ftp.sunsite.unc.edu. Much later, it was renamed "iBiblio." That site still
contains a wealth of historical information. For instance, it stores a
bunch of historic GNU/Linux distributions for your enjoyment.
So let's enjoy ourselves.
Although there is an SLS 1.03 directory on iBiblio, the a4 disk seems to
be incomplete. That leaves us with the 1.05 distribution, released in
April 1994, which ran on a Linux 1.0 kernel. However, even though it's not
quite as entertaining as running the 0.99 series, it's still quite a step
back in time. So, let's create a work directory, and download a slice of
Cristóbal M. Palmer
UNC-CH SILS Student -- ils.unc.edu/~cmpalmer
TriLUG Vice Chair
"There are many roads to enlightenment, and thus many roads back to
the One True Debian" --crimsun
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