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Old 01-09-2020, 08:35 AM   #1
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WANTED: Pre-2005 Live CD/DVD ISOs for the historical record


Hi LQ,

TL;DR: Please send me your pre-2005 Live CD/DVD ISOs for the historical record!


I am doing some research on earlier Linux live CD distributions, and I could really use your help.

First, I am having a hard time finding many important early Linux Live CD distributions. For example, KNOPPIX versions 3.1 to 3.3 ISOs seem to have disappeared from the web entirely. For example, even the KNOPPIX 3.1 at archive.org is a mislabeled KNOPPIX 3.7 (https://archive.org/details/knoppix-linux-3.1). Finding references to these early versions (md5sums, reviews) is easy. Finding the actual ISOs, not so much. I plan to archive all ISOs I can find at archive.org. (Other archive site suggestions are also welcome.)

Second, I am interested in learning about other early Live CD distributions. Stories, pointers, and ISOs greatly appreciated!

Thank you so much!

OH
 
Old 01-09-2020, 10:14 AM   #2
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You don't need us, really, and I don't think you'll get much. I can't see why anyone would want that stuff.

Archive.org has all these early sites, if not the binaries. I've got stuff from the 19th century there.
http://www.toms.net/rb has a floppy and ElTorito (2.88 MB) linux versions going back to the 1990s still up for download.
ftp://ftp.heanet.ie/pub/ftp.slackwar...pub/slackware/ has slackware versions right back. In the 'isos' directory, grab slackware-10.0 from 2004

In fact, ftp.heanet.ie has all sorts of linux distros; However, most remove the downloads when the updates stop, so those distros are gone. Personally, I've never got more than 7 years from a cdrom and you're looking for 15 years old+?
 
Old 01-09-2020, 05:52 PM   #3
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I've got stuff from the 19th century there.
That was about 50 years before computers even existed <grin>
(The 19th century is the name for the years 1801 through 1900, just like the 20th century is 1901 through 2000).

Off-topic: the novel/movie 2001 was called that way because it then would take place in the next century.
 
Old 01-09-2020, 07:37 PM   #4
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I can't see why anyone would want that stuff.
And you a slacker - seen lots of requests for "the first Slackware" over the years ...

I admit to being a hoarder, but a while back even I ditched several spindles of distros I had downloaded over the years. I kept thinking whoa, that was a while ago ...
 
Old 01-10-2020, 05:13 AM   #5
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And you a slacker - seen lots of requests for "the first Slackware" over the years ...

I admit to being a hoarder, but a while back even I ditched several spindles of distros I had downloaded over the years. I kept thinking whoa, that was a while ago ...
Slackware-1.0 is up on heanet.ie… they didn't search much. Of course, it was floppy only.

There's been pretty fundamental revisions to linux over the years. The early versions were absolute pigs to work with(being blunt), and you'd need a period machine, because if they saw a modern chipset, a pcie bus, or any modern APU, they certainly couldn't drive it. Further, they needed 640k - 1024k reserved for I/O, had insufficient interrupts (16?,with a numerous ones pre-allocated and a couple reserved) absolutely no pnp etc. etc.
 
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Not just Linux.
I have a physical box sitting in the corner just for an XP system I need. I tried virtualising it under both Hyper-V and KVM. Nada - couldn't get the mic-headphones to work with the software I needed it for.
So an old piece of junk (I mean the hardware, not XP itself ... ) sits there gathering dust for the infrequent times I use it. :shrug:
 
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Slackware-1.0 is up on heanet.ie… they didn't search much. Of course, it was floppy only.
A more official source for older Slackware releases is mirrors.slackware.com/slackware.

Of course these do not fill the OP's question for live iso's, they mostly are the files to install that release OF Slackware.

BTW: I've got somewhere an official (Walnut Creek) 2-CD-set for Slackware 3.0, but that isn't a live system either (the installer runs in RAM but the packages are not ready-to-run, they must be unpacked/installed first).
 
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Old 01-11-2020, 08:25 AM   #8
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There used to be a site specifically for that, called something like old-distros.net, but I cannot find it right now...
 
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Old 01-11-2020, 08:37 AM   #9
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This seems to offer .iso downloads for some distros going back to 1996.
 
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Old 01-11-2020, 08:56 AM   #10
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Thank you to all of you for the suggestions! I continue to follow all your leads, explored search engines, tried old torrents, etc. I even reached out to Klaus Knopper. I am starting to believe that the following KNOPPIX versions never actually existed! USD $100.00 to the bounty hunter who proves me wrong by delivering one of these ISOs (or equivalent German version). (I was going to say dead or alive, but as ehartman noted, I am looking for LIVE CDs.)

Code:
MD5SUM
2b74cf913f40c749ba7875b51895e47e KNOPPIX_V3.2-2003-04-28-EN.iso
f4b97f4abb55f1e88cb042e4aa638dcb KNOPPIX_V3.2-2003-05-03-EN.iso
83bde1037cdefdd7e82c7137b58793fe KNOPPIX_V3.2-2003-05-16-EN.iso
4a8a34b040b653a9d102f1036827466a KNOPPIX_V3.2-2003-05-20-EN.iso
ca04a0e0dfac1c84666330d4cefbbbe1 KNOPPIX_V3.2-2003-06-06-EN.iso
d3a0fda428b7bc7ea2179f07f4d8741b KNOPPIX_V3.2-2003-07-24-EN.iso
f32fae7b38919b4596e53ed0411c3cf0 KNOPPIX_V3.2-2003-07-25-EN.iso
7f353f6821610de0a539bc0a3ef1e16b KNOPPIX_V3.2-2003-07-26-EN.iso
6d830521d371a6832ff2039e5e857a9a KNOPPIX_V3.2-2003-09-05-EN.iso
e1d15de08bf12ec294ab8ad599ff86b8 *KNOPPIX_V3.3-2003-09-22-EN.iso   (Not sure what the "*" means.)
b41807dae6c61122f05363d8bfa7bfa0 *KNOPPIX_V3.3-2003-09-24-EN.iso
a5ed6cdda2af4d8383b246de70e5bd4a KNOPPIX_V3.3-2003-11-03-EN.iso
 
Old 01-11-2020, 11:47 AM   #11
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So, I found one working ISO. Although it says Greek, it contains the English locale and translations. At the boot prompt, type "knoppix lang=US".

Last edited by individual; 01-11-2020 at 11:48 AM. Reason: Typo.
 
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Old 01-12-2020, 03:03 AM   #12
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OK, I found some sites:
https://soft.lafibre.info/ (same as the archive.org link above)
http://www.oldapps.com/linux/category/linux_os
http://old-releases.ubuntu.com/releases/
 
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