So what can you do when you're at home with the flu on a rainy day?
Well, I decided to organize my junk a bit and found an old box with the original Slackware 3.5 CDs.
I know I have the 3.1 CD somewhere, and some other versions (I had the subscription from the Walnut Creek folks at the time. Who remembers them?) but couldn't find it.
So I started wondering if it would still work on modern hardware...
The first 3.5 CD is bootable, so I created a virtual machine in VMware, inserted the CD and started installing.
It was funny to do an install again of this version. Not much has changed, except that it didn't give me an option for DHCP. OK, put in a fixed IP address...
I did a full install, which was probably the first time I did this with Slackware 3.5, as in those days we didn't have disk space in excess...
Everything worked flawlessly, except for the network card VMware emulates. I had to modprobe a module for that.
Just to have an idea, here are some specs. And remember that, according to DistroWatch
this version was released on June 9th, 1998.
- Kernel 2.0.34 (I think Slackware 3.1 was the first with the 2.0 kernel)
- Box says: requires 8 MB of memory, 12 MB of hard disk space (for a CDROM dependent installation) "For better performance, install Slackware Linux to your hard disk using 40 to 400 MB
- "The advanced 2.0.34 kernel will provide stellar performance on high-end systems, including support for symmetric multi-processing (up to 16 processors)"
- Includes X (v. 3.3.2) but we didn't have KDE, Gnome or xfce in those days... But it came with fvwm95 !
Just one more funny detail: Tux was not smoking a pipe on the box yet. On my Slackware 4.0 CD Box he is smoking
ok, I confess... I did nothing useful, but just had some fun