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Went to the Virtual Appliance Marketplace: http://www.vmware.com/appliances/directory/cat/45
to see what's available. Wanted something small to start with, so I chose minix3. There's Arch, Gentoo, Debian, Ubuntu, etc. And, of course, Slackware. The earliest they've got is 10.2. Minix3 documentation is a bit lacking. It's similar to Linux, but different enough in some respects to trip you up.
I'm still going to try that Slackware 8.1 .iso with Qemu sometime shortly.
I've got 8.1 going OK using Qemu, except for one problem. My mouse has gone wild. Adduser went alright, startx went with no faults or warnings, then the KDE setup wizard came up, with its buttons for region and language, and my mouse pointer went out of control. It was flying about all over the place! Couldn't get it on the buttons to choose anything or skip the wizard. Must need to edit xorg or whatever .conf. Otherwise a lot better than 3.5, once the mouse is tamed. It's a wired optical wheel mouse, a cheap but OK Chinese made one.
How did you configure your mouse in xorg.conf or XF86Config (have no idea which one was used in Slackware 8.1)?
In VMware when I use modern versions of Slackware (11, 12, 12.1) I always configure the PS/2 protocol on /dev/mouse.
Which version of KDE is included in Slackware 8.1?
You can normally check the port / device on the command line with 'cat /dev/mouse'.
Mess around with the mouse and you should see random characters.
If you see nothing, you're using the wrong device.
Go back to the command line with Ctrl-C
Just been reading the Slackware-HOWTO that came with 8.1, and decided to try the easiest way to configure X: running xfree86setup. Doing startx after that gave me a full desktop, but the mouse is still uncontrollable, but not as bad. Progress.
Typing this from Mozilla 1.0 on Slackware 8.1. Whoopeee!!!
And this from Firefox 188.8.131.52 on Slackware 12.1.
8.1 came out in 2002, just about the same time as I became interested in computing, and bought my first with Windows ME.
The problem with 'the real thing' is the space it occupies
I used to have several older computers in a working state, but after my last change of address had to give up most of them.
I kept my 486 laptop with Slackware 4.0 and some old motherboards (from an old 4.77MHz 8088 up to a 90MHz Pentium) with the hope of one day rebuilding something (whenever I move to a bigger house).
So for now I have to satisfy myself with my virtual machines
I need to get my workspace sorted out, get a proper computer desk. My present haphazard arrangement means it's awkward using my laptop & desktop at the same time. Also I've still got that first computer (112 MB RAM, AMD Duron 1.3 GHz) which would be OK for running older setups. Anyway, this virtualisation "project" has given me a chance to experience what I've missed out on in reality. I shall continue to rake up the past.
Thanks, niels, and thanks to Eric for his qemu & kqemu packages and his wiki article: http://alien.slackbook.org/dokuwiki/...slackware:qemu
That's my problem, too much storage. I've got storage racks with systems that I should have retired out the door years ago. I've got the original 8080 system that I built from scratch. Plus a S-100 system, I could go on about the equipment. I should build a DB to keep track.
Yes, virtualization allows a lot of experimentation and development without the need for the real thing. Sure the final is generally checked out on real equipment but the investment is not required as it used to be.
It really sounds like you guys are having fun. Keep it up!