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As noted elsewhere in this forum, I've been exploring my historic November 1993 Slackware version 1.1 here on a modern system, Slackware64-current. With support for the old a.out binaries and libraries now squared away, a chroot into that environment of some 20 years ago works just dandy, even X.
The names that Patrick assigned to various configuration items are "interesting" and not exactly on the sunny side of life.
Gonzo could be the muppet but my SWAG is a reference to Hunter S. Thompson.
/home/hell could be a reference to Judas Priest. /home/pit could be a twist on pit-house. Or both could explain his apartment at the time. I don't believe he had met his significant sweety then. Or perhaps he had and that is how she described his apartment.
...The names that Patrick assigned to various configuration items are "interesting" and not exactly on the sunny side of life.
I have a very hazy memory of those 3 user accounts being part of an optional package one could choose to install, called something like "sample user accounts". Consider the context: Slackware Linux wasn't something you threw onto your brand-name PC and then just went about your regular business / work / play. This was for hobbyists, programmers, Unix types, etc. Having these pre-made accounts (with no passwords? I think this was before shadow passwords) would be useful for playing around.
I have a very hazy memory of those 3 user accounts being part of an optional package one could choose to install, called something like "sample user accounts".
Yes...that comes from DISKA11 and looking at its contents now shows just how far we've come:
gdb: The GNU C debugger for debugging C programs. (v. 4.8)
p2c: A Pascal to C translator. (v. 1.19)
smaltalk: GNU Smalltalk 1.1.1
smaltalk: Interpreter for the Smalltalk object-oriented language.
gp9600: Changes the default modem speed from 2400 baud to 9600 baud.
gonzo: Sample users "gonzo", "snake", and "satan".
lib441: Development libraries for the C compiler.
lib441: These libraries are needed to compile C code.
ksh: A public domain version of the Korn Shell with man-pages. (v. 4.8)
Wow! Modem speeds at a blazing 9600 baud! No wonder AOL was able to buy Time-Warner out its petty cash fund.