On Thursday, June 20, 2013 04:37:04, Joachim Breitner wrote: > Hi, > > I was wondering, and Google did not help me: Is there a curated > collection of virtual machines with historic Linux installations > somewhere? I had a quick look and found a set for VirtualBox: http://virtualboxes.org/images/debian/ but I haven't found a VM image for Woody. > I’d imagine that it would be very interesting to boot a Debian woody > again and use Gnome1 and GIMP1 for a while, or see how modern websites > look in Netscape from 1998. Well, _theoretically_ that might be possible because every version of Debian is available from archive.debian.org: http://archive.debian.org/debian/dists/ However actually browsing the _internet_ is more difficult than it sounds, because the virtual network drivers that are available today in the VM host software need to contain a device that existed in 1998. So, for instance, I loaded up a copy of Slackware from June 1998 from some InfoMagic CDs I used "back in the day", and ran into this same trouble. The first version of Debian I loaded was Slink, which IIRC didn't automatically detect hardware and would ask the user to pick the particular kernel modules to try loading. I don't recall which version of Debian was the first to do automatic hardware detection ... it might have been Woody. But regardless... if you want to give this a shot and see what happens -- it's there to try. ;-) -- Chris -- Chris Knadle Chris.Knadle@coredump.us
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