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SuSE Linux 6.3 in VirtualBox

Posted 01-18-2020 at 10:05 PM by wagscat123
Updated 01-19-2020 at 10:06 PM by wagscat123

At the close of the 1990s, when many were wondering about what Y2K would do to their machines, came SuSE Linux 6.3 on November 5, 1999.

KDE 1.1.2 doesn't seem to being with it particularly radical changes. I was however able to get GNOME to run with the Enlightenment window manager started later (Metacity and Mutter, which generally were the window managers for GNOME 2 and 3, were yet to exist). The experience seemed complete and stable, although the 4 bit color depth hampered the experience. Netscape was difficult to use, as the window that prompted me to accept its license agreement didn't fit on the screen and I thus was unable to click any "Accept" button. FVWM did not want to cooperate with my SaX trick to get X running, but I did manage to test TWM an little.

Before GRUB, Linux distributions generally booted with LILO (Slackware still does). YaST in this time period allowed users to add and modify boot options in LILO.

In order for graphics to work correctly in 6.3, I had to additionally boot from the CD, pass the option "vga=ask" at boot time and go with the default selection (press space) when the boot process asked I then had to kill the YaST2 installation (its graphics are aggravatingly better than what I can get on an installed copy) with Right Ctrl+Backspace (on default VirtualBox configurations), go to start Installation/System, select Boot Installed System, and enter my root partition. Mine is "/dev/hda7". Next, as with the rest of 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. Unfortunately, I couldn't get any graphics better than 16 colors with a 640-x480 resolution in this release.

Setting the OS to Linux kernel 2.2 in the VirtualBox New VM wizard, there were little hiccups with set up and installation. It's worthy to note that SuSE Linux was the first release of SuSE to include YaST2, which includes a graphical mode and interface that is much more useful and reminiscent of YaST in modern SUSE Linux distributions. YaST2 was only available for installation. If you're installing, you don't need to enter any additional boot options when starting the installation.

Back one, SuSE Linux 6.2:
Next up, SuSE Linux 6.4:
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