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A update

A update

Posted Jul 24, 2009 20:37 UTC (Fri) by jlokier (guest, #52227)
Parent article: A update

Ooh, lovely,

I do like my VMs with old distros - they're a nice portability test for new code. Obviously we're not talking thorough testing here, but it's nice to know that code intended to be backward compatible really is.

Now I can have more of them :-)

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Archives: yum.

Posted Jul 26, 2009 14:29 UTC (Sun) by kena (subscriber, #2735) [Link]

And that's "yum" as in "yummy," nothing to do with package management.
Every now and then, don't you just yearn to fire up that old SLS or
Slackware from the pre-1.0 kernel release days? Downloading individual
floppies from

Okay, that sounds incredibly ironic and/or sarcastic, but sometimes it's
hard to remember how far we've come in the past 15-odd years. Sure, there
are those of the "it was better when I had to etch the bits by hand" camp,
but I have no particular love lost for having to figure out modelines, lack
of an NIS-map aware automounter, and no journaling FS -- not to mention
boot/root floppies in pre-module days.

I bet doing some installs from "back in the day" would be a bit of a
refresher, and maybe even a surprise revelation for those who've only
started using Linux since, say, Y2K.



P.S. Mmmm. Sasteroids.

Archives: yum.

Posted Jul 26, 2009 20:55 UTC (Sun) by jlokier (guest, #52227) [Link]

I don't care for configuring old OSes, and installing isn't that much fun.
I'm not one for playing old games on old platforms.

But I do like having a plethora of old libcs and gccs on different architectures to test against, just to be sure my code isn't too heavily Linux dependent, you know. I have a few other OSes around for the same reason, and a sprinkling of Windows versions. It's just *satisfying* somehow when everything compiles and runs in umpteen environments.

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