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Old 02-13-2011, 11:21 PM   #1
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Old linux, old hardware, old user/adm, but always a newbie


Back when the first pentium (actually an Intel P725/90) PC clones were sporting original versions of Win95 (meaning DOS 4.00.950, sorry for the profanity), I was a Silicon Valley production engineer and wanted to learn, so I found a Walnut Creek distro set called "Slackware 96", loaded it on hdc, and it boots linux 2.0.0 I use a boot disk to get to it vs. windows. (bare.i I think I recall...), and I didn't even have a nic back then, just a dial-up modem (but it does now) so I didn't even set it up with networking, but I will. (Yea, I'm writing from a W7 box - another sin, I know) mea-culpa

It worked (still does!) just like the sparc workstations running (then) SunOS 4.1 or the DEC running bsd 4.2 from a VT100 emulation (pretty much the same thing +/- a dot-rev), except the workstations could do X.

Time marches on and today I want to consider "an upgrade".

(So finally the questions)
1. Does anyone know which "Slackware Rev" this maps into?

2 Does anyone have comments or cautionary tales on how far upstream (uprev) I dare go?
(I'd like to get as far as a KDE GUI, if possible)

My back is old and sitting a a terminal gives me floppy disks, so I'd just as soon try to get it over with (the admin bs, that is) asap and back to programming if possible. (please don't whine - I know that sounds lazy, but I am)

Thanks
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Old 02-14-2011, 12:23 AM   #2
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Point your favorite browser at distrowatch.com. When the page is loaded, scroll down a bit to see the current rankings on the right side of the page. Slackware 13.1 is the latest release at the 14 spot.

Or, click on the search option in the banner at the top of the page. Try out a few searches for distros by architecture, based on (some other distro), desktop environment, etc.

Time to explore, and distrowatch is the placer explorers go.

Proposed exploration program: download and install a distro. If your hardware works with it, then download and install qemu and a bunch of distros. Use qemu to run the .isos you download to see how they run. Pick a couple or three to install (from different packaging formats, such as slackware, debian, and rpm).

They all provide the tools for programming/scripting.

PS: which rock in the Pacific are you on?

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Old 02-14-2011, 05:19 PM   #3
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DistroWatch.com rocks!

BigRigDriver,

Much obliged; or (mahalo nui loa) as is said here.

According to D-W, 2.0.0 maps exclusively to Slackware release 3.1 and the release year jives with the Walnut Creek labeling ("Slackware 96") - Patrick V.'s website doesn't even seem to go back that far, no search results at least.

Apparently Walnut Creek Software is no longer with us either, a search of D-W yields nothing for that either.

In some earlier web-rummaging I had seen a graphical presentation showing the Slack-release/ linux-kernel associations, but forgot to bookmark it and regretfully never found it again. Lots of others showing general Unix+variants lineage, but never this kind of detail on Slackware, even on thier website. I considered going back through the package release dates and trying to work backwards from here to 1995. But without a much better knowledge of the various (to me obscure) packages and releases, that would probably fail. I guess I could learn more that way, but I don't think Patrick V.'s package web data even goes back to '95 - but I'm not sure.

Regardless, knowing where you are is the best start for knowing where you are going, and this helps a lot.

I guess I shouldn't have gone so long before starting this kind of effort, but I've a terminally lazy one-track mind; good for some things, bad for others.

I also appreciate your suggestions. I've recently added another drive - hdd, hdc holds the existing release.
That way I can try just as you say and still keep one toe in the sanctuary. (It's always "one" item here, never "a" thing or "an" item.)

I had approached the whole upgrade thing a while ago by installing OpenSolaris on a Toshiba netbook, but the way things are going at Sun with the "Larry Ellison eclipse" ongoing, it doesn't look like it'll survive. So I decided to revive my original platform and see how that went, vis-a-vis upgrade to suppport newer development environments. If the hardware survives long enough to build confidence, I can eventually move on to new desktop and repeat the effort for better sustainablity (hardware surviveablity mostly - hot moist salty atmosphere plays hell on EVERYTHING here - Oahu, actually, the entireity of which is governed as the city and county of Honolulu.

The OpenSolaris on the NB205 was the first unix-like installation on a laptop I've ever been successful with. Most attempts just barfed on the specialized hardware used. Of course now you can get it preinstalled from Dell and HP!

Again, Thanks.
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Old 02-14-2011, 05:27 PM   #4
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Hi,

Look at http://slackware.oregonstate.edu/ for downloads.

What are your hardware specs for the upgrade?
 
Old 02-15-2011, 08:54 PM   #5
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Onebuck,
Not sure which you're asking about regarding the upgrade: new hardware; new linux_rev on existing hardware, or; both ?

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