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As I type this I have my Walnut Creek 4-Disc set of Slackware 96 (3.1) in my hands, which makes it difficult to type!
Complete with FREE 36 page installation guide and unused product registration card! Floppyless installation to boot! (pun intended...)
I also have the 4-Disc Slackware 4.0 distribution from InfoMagic of Flagstaff, AZ - ever heard of them?
I started with Linux in '95 while on a project site converting a large telecommunications site for use as a radio-telescope. One of the other engineers on site was from a Unix background and all the software development was done in that environment. I needed something other than my M$ underpowered monochrome laptop to effectively integrate my efforts with theirs and he introduced me to this new realm of FREEDOM software and gave me all the tools I needed! Revolutionary!
I ordered a new 120MHZ Sharp laptop from Computer Shopper and spent several evenings in my hotel room learning to install this Linux thing... the rest is history!
It is working flawlessly, but I am not doing any serious work with it.
Networking is fine, X is working 100%, pine worked, lynx worked, did some telnet from this machine and to this machine...
It uses the 2.0.34 kernel so no modern hardware is supported.
'top' shows it's 99,9% idle on my machine (VMware on a P4 2MHz box).
It uses just 15M from the 64M I configured.
It does run X, but don't forget that fvwm2 is my windows-manager (and it comes with twm, olvwm and fvwm95 )
Netscape was the default browser in X, but it didn't work for me... The old clock and calculator from X worked fine.
It is fast - booting and running... But then it loads almost no modules at all.
The 'full' install took up about 400M of harddisk space only.
About it being 'useful': For me it is just for fun and to study how Slackware has changed over the years
Thanks for the insight. I too was curious about how Slackware has changed over the years. It seems as though it hasn't changed much -- a lot of people are still using Pine, Lynx, and telnet -- oh, and a Netscape-based browser.
Whew, I'm a newbie. I vividly remember going to CompUSA in Manhattan in 1999 (I think ...) to pick out my first Linux distro. Typically for me I was having a tough time deciding, so my then-wife held my two choices (whatever version of Caldera was current at the time and Slackware 4.0) behind her back and made me choose left or right ...
... I still celebrate the fact that the choice worked out so well.
At work we use the professional version of VMware, so for convenience I use the free VMware server as home.
It allows you to install several virtual machines, run them simultaneously (if you have enough memory and CPU power) etc.
I still use version 1.0.7, not the newer version 2, as it requires PAM to be installed - but there are some other threads in this forum about his.
By the way... I managed to install Slackware 1.1.2 in VMware as well. But without network or CDRom support. I had never seen the 0.99 kernel before
Well...installation went OK, not much about that has changed. Adduser went OK. Then when I ran startx, I ran into a problem: a message something like "xorg had not been configured". I thought there might be problems because I did a full install, and when it got to all the x stuff (vesa, etc), for every one it said it was setting that as default (sorry, this is all vague without correct details). I'll have to do more reading. Interesting experience.
I got X working on 3.5 and just now finished Slackware 1.1.2 - with X and fvwm
It did take some head-scratching to find out how to configure it, but in the end it worked.
Oh, how things are simpler now...
In a few moments I'll put a screenshot of my 1.1.2 installation on my blog.
By the way... 1.1.2 is slooooooooooooooowwwwwwwwwwwwwwww..........
Something else I noticed: 3.5 works fine and almost uses no CPU power, but 1.1.2 leaves my host system with 99% CPU utilization. Almost seems like running DOS! Probably something in the 0.99 kernel...