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SuSE Linux 6.1 in VirtualBox

Posted 01-18-2020 at 09:24 PM by wagscat123
Updated 01-18-2020 at 09:38 PM by wagscat123

SuSE Linux 6.1 was released April 7, 1999. Note that the release cycle was considerably faster back then.

This was the first release in which there was any sign of GNOME. GNOME 1.0 seemed to be included but did not run well - I struggled to get any window manager working, and had accordingly had a lot of trouble navigating the young desktop.

KDE was upgraded to version 1.1, which seems to have brought nicer graphics and more complete programs and utilities. KDE 1.1's Control Center begins to display basic information about the KDE and kernel version, which was handy for keeping track of the version changes as I went through the releases. The Linux kernel was much younger, and went through occasional rewrites that were reflected in major version bumps. The change from 2.0.x to 2.2.x reflects a major kernel upgrade between SuSE Linux 6.0 and 6.1.

Throughout the SuSE 6.x series to get graphics it was easiest to go to a root terminal, type "sax -w xterm", which tricks SaX into opening xterm alongside itself. Once a bunch of tiny windows with loading bars finish, I then typed kde or gnome-session into xterm. Setting the OS to Linux kernel 2.2 in the VirtualBox New VM wizard, there were little hiccups with set up and installation. Unfortunately I couldn't get any graphics better than 16 colors with a 640-x480 resolution in this release.

I tried to play with FVWM to see how it fared after KDE likely became popular, but it doesn't play well with my SaX hack to get graphics running. TWM did work with my hack however.

Back one, SuSE Linux 6.0:
Next up, SuSE Linux 6.2:
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