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From S.u.S.E. Linux 5.1 to openSUSE Leap 15.1 in VirtualBox

Posted 01-18-2020 at 04:23 PM by wagscat123
Updated 01-18-2020 at 11:08 PM by wagscat123

Hi all,

I like to collect operating systems, and recently I've used and VirtualBox to pull together a collection of every fixed release version of SUSE Linux/openSUSE from 5.1 in 1997 all the way through the current openSUSE Leap 15.1 last May.

Although there are better tools to simulate hardware better suited for Linux in the 1990s, I thought to make this a sort of experiment in how easily the SUSE Linux of various ages can get up and running in VirtualBox 6. All of these screenshots were gathered late last year, and I will talk a little about each release and any hacks I needed to get the graphics running reasonably well. I gradually have built up this collection and found ways to get the oldest releases to run over the past 9 years or so.

We often like to look at the stones and tools made by our distant ancestors centuries ago, but if we want to look at the finest of our technological achievements in the last few decades, then we need to look no further than the Linux distributions we've made

I will break up my write-up into just a few releases at a time in a blog post, as posting screenshots and information about 38 releases would be a bit too lengthy. The name that may appear in the corner of the screen changes around, and does not necessarily reveal the identity of the person behind this blog.

First one, S.u.S.E. Linux 5.1:
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