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Caluser2000
April 1st, 2016, 10:27 PM
Been a bit bored the last week or thereabouts so decided to have a play with some older Linux distros whilst at the same time testing out some Quantum BigFoot hdds. Did some mix'n matching of rpms with Turbo Linux 6.0 Server and Red Hat 6.2. SuSE 7.2 was the easiest to install, which is to be expected. Turbo Linux 6.0 needed some help but both took only about 15-20mins to install from scratch. What I did find interesting was SuSE gave the option of a minimal graphical installation using WindowMaker as it's user interface.

Pepinno
April 2nd, 2016, 05:39 AM
Nice.

What web browser do those version have? Have you tried accessing the vcfed.org forum from there?

Caluser2000
April 2nd, 2016, 01:35 PM
SuSE 7.2comes with an early version of Mozilla (build 00000000 or something), which views this site ok. Turbo Linux 6.0 has Netscape 4.3 iirc. You can get an older version of Opera gcc3 static build to run. I have Opera 8.x on my old RH 7.3 build.

A nice albeit commercial distro is Xandros 2.0 which I currently have on a P200mmx box. I changed the sources.list file to point to some older Debian archives and an running XFCE4 on that instead of the default KDE. I replaced the RH 7.3 drive because Xandros has better USB support.

Getting networking going on these old Distros was a peice of cake I might add. The installation routine picked the nic right off the bat.

I forgot to mention the machine I installed these on is a generic P200mmx box I had laying about in the shed gathering dust. It sports a BigFoot drive with win 98 on it.

Pepinno
April 3rd, 2016, 02:02 AM
SuSE 7.2comes with an early version of Mozilla (build 00000000 or something), which views this site ok. Turbo Linux 6.0 has Netscape 4.3 iirc. You can get an older version of Opera gcc3 static build to run. I have Opera 8.x on my old RH 7.3 build.

A nice albeit commercial distro is Xandros 2.0 which I currently have on a P200mmx box. I changed the sources.list file to point to some older Debian archives and an running XFCE4 on that instead of the default KDE.

Very nice! Right now I'm on a Toshiba Tecra 8000 laptop with maxed RAM (two 128 MB modules), a 20 GB 2.5" IDE drive, and Debian 3.1 Sarge. These are my sources.list:


$ grep -v ^# /etc/apt/sources.list

deb http://archive.debian.org/debian sarge main contrib
deb http://archive.debian.org/debian-backports sarge-backports main contrib

The most modern browser I've been able to run on this machine is Debian's Iceweasel 2.0, from which I'm posting this.

Newer "official" (not Debian's) Firefoxes seem to not like my Linux 2.4.22 kernel (inherited from a Debian 3.0 Woody install on the same laptop, and highly customized), and doing an strace on them shows the Firefox process getting stuck after invoking the "rt_sigsuspend()" function:


rt_sigaction(SIGRTMIN, {0x4002d030, [], SA_RESTORER, 0x41a09678}, NULL, 8) = 0
rt_sigaction(SIGRT_1, {0x4002d080, [], SA_RESTORER, 0x41a09678}, NULL, 8) = 0
rt_sigaction(SIGRT_2, {0x4002d150, [], SA_RESTORER, 0x41a09678}, NULL, 8) = 0
rt_sigprocmask(SIG_BLOCK, [RTMIN], NULL, 8) = 0
rt_sigprocmask(SIG_UNBLOCK, [RT_1], NULL, 8) = 0
_sysctl({{CTL_KERN, KERN_VERSION}, 2, 0xbffff5f4, 30, (nil), 0}) = 0
open("/proc/cpuinfo", O_RDONLY) = 3
read(3, "processor\t: 0\nvendor_id\t: Genuin"..., 1024) = 366
read(3, "", 1024) = 0
close(3) = 0
readlink("/etc/malloc.conf", 0xbfffe437, 4096) = -1 ENOENT (No such file or directory)
rt_sigprocmask(SIG_SETMASK, NULL, [RTMIN], 8) = 0
rt_sigsuspend([] <unfinished ...>

So I'm interested on that static build of Opera 8 for Linux, do you have any download links?

Pepinno
April 3rd, 2016, 07:13 AM
So I'm interested on that static build of Opera 8 for Linux, do you have any download links?

Replying to myself: I'm now running Opera 10 on my Debian 3.1 Sarge system.

I got the .DEB package from here: http://arc.opera.com/pub/opera/linux/1000/final/en/i386/

And it installed flawlessly with the command:

# dpkg -i /home/pepinno/Software/opera_10.00.4585.gcc3.qt3_i386.deb

(Note: I could not get Opera 11 to run on my system, it seems to need a higer glibc version AND support for "thread-local storage" (TLS), which seems to be missing on my system.)

Caluser2000
April 3rd, 2016, 06:28 PM
Good stuff. Of course we could use a more modern distro but where's the fun in that ;)