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SuSE Linux 6.4 in VirtualBox

Posted 01-18-2020 at 10:23 PM by wagscat123
Updated 01-18-2020 at 11:23 PM by wagscat123

SuSE Linux 6.4 was released March 9, 2000. Unfortunately, on the only ISO that works for this release is the Personal edition, which only includes KDE.

This was the first release to default to the ReiserFS file system instead of ext2, which meant a switch to a more advanced journaling filesystem that protects against data loss. ReiserFS had an unusually tragic fate, and is no longer in active development.

YaST2 is also first included on installed systems for this release. It has less modules than even just slightly later versions of SUSE Linux, and provides a much more intuitive interface in both its graphical and ncurses command line mode. YaST1 would remain part of the distribution through SuSE Linux 7.3.

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. The YaST2 installation's graphics are aggravatingly better than what I can get on an installed copy. I saw that a preview of XFree86 4 that maybe would allow for the kind of graphics in SuSE Linux 7.0 was included with SuSE Linux 6.4, but could not find it on the small software selection available on the Personal Edition CD.

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