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Old 09-01-2015, 04:15 PM   #46
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I have ones
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Old 09-01-2015, 04:44 PM   #47
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CD? Wish I stll had them. Debian 2.2 m68k on floppy disk.
Old 09-01-2015, 04:54 PM   #48
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My1st Linux CDROM by Walnut Creek "Slackware "96"

Four disk box set with PV's Autograph blazoned across the label ! Linux 2.0.0 Slackware 3.1.0
Original Live File Sytem & Slackware installation distribution CD plus two UNC Sunsite CDs & one from MIT: Various Archives including TCL/TK

Pentium-Era Clone Chassis (PRE-USB) using an Intel Zappa ED MB. Optical drive is CDROM only.
2 HDs added for Linux installations, the original WDC (Win95-revA) is trying to give up the ghost, but I have to boot to get the disk photo since CD lives in the drive, otherwise linux doesn't want to use it readily. Still boot it occasionally, but I could never get my (known-good) wired rtl8139-based NIC to work under Slack 3.1.0, just too many updates needed for the missing pieces. Fast moving landscape in those days.
Another (#3) Hard Drive was installed to build Slackware 11 which understood DHCP, etc.
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Old 09-01-2015, 05:03 PM   #49
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Oldest one I have is either Mandrake 6.1 or Caldera OpenLinux 2.2. Mandrake is burned from an image, and OpenLinux is from LinuxCentral.

Offhand can't find the Caldera disk, but I did manage to dig up the Mandrake disk. Just as proof I have it, though, I did try running it in VirtualBox (Though I could only get the installer to work).
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Old 09-01-2015, 05:04 PM   #50
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I have both the single, original Yggdrasil CD and the later six CD set. Those are formal distributions. The first Linux disc I ever used I downloaded and burned. It was Kernel 0.91. Also, buried somewhere I have a few old RedHats.

Old 09-01-2015, 06:21 PM   #51
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oldest installation cd...

Redhat 6.1 - don't know the date...
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Old 09-01-2015, 06:40 PM   #52
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Ugh, here I've been fighting my packrat tendencies!

I've got some pretty old Slackware CDs and floppies in storage, though the floppies don't have any official stickers or anything. Copies of copies of downloads, I bet.

I was quite the hoarder of such geek relics for a long time, but several moves have led me to toss out a lot of stuff. Thanks to this thread, the question "Am I ever going to use this again?" will forever sting just a little bit whenever I get rid of old software. So thanks for that! ;^)

The oldest CD I can find for a photo at the moment is Slackware 10.1 from February 2005... Hardly seems worth it. :^)
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Old 09-01-2015, 07:27 PM   #53
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How's about some Slackware! (MARCH 1995)

Fun stuff; here's the oldest one I have.

Not sure if this was the first one, but it was one of my first three. Initially, I loaded Linux over the Internet. But I was paying $500 a month for an ISDN connection and it bogged down my websites (such as they were), so I was pretty quick to grab CDs. I also experimented with Windows NT Server and (anybody remember this) Tim O'Reilly's Website ("The web publisher for everyone").

Wow. That was a long time ago...

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Old 09-01-2015, 08:17 PM   #54
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What's a CD?

It won't be long.
Old 09-01-2015, 08:50 PM   #55
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Redhat Linux 7.3

Here is a set of installation disks for RedHat Linux 7.3. It was released May 6, 2002. Found it in an old set of discs containing none other than an original Windows 2000 disk. Talk about a trip down memory lane...
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Old 09-01-2015, 08:59 PM   #56
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Does it have to be a CD? Remember floppies?
Old 09-01-2015, 08:59 PM   #57
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I would have to risk a Fred Flintstone closet experience to dig it out, but I have them all, going back to the mid-nineties. I'm too busy now to fuel the excavator, but if anyone wants me to risk the avalanche, I'll be happy to confirm or deny....
Old 09-01-2015, 09:09 PM   #58
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my oldest RedHat

I have 2 different sets of RedHat 5.2 complete in sleeve and with installation instructions and user's guide(book). AND we still USE 5.2.

I even have unofficial Valhalla.
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Old 09-01-2015, 09:30 PM   #59
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oldest linux dist

Free BSD 3.2
Old 09-01-2015, 09:33 PM   #60
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My first installation of Linux was Mandrake 8.1 *purchased* in a Best Buy brick and mortar store in 2002 for $70!!!!
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