[conspire] (real) Installfest in a Box

Nick Moffitt nick at zork.net
Tue Jun 16 02:30:33 PDT 2009

Grant Bowman:
> On Mon, Jun 15, 2009 at 4:58 PM, Rick Moen<rick at linuxmafia.com> wrote:
> > Quoting Grant Bowman (grantbow at gmail.com):
> >> Did I correctly recall the name "Installfest in a Box" from the other day?
> > I suspect that's your creation -- but it's catchy.
> Did you say "LUG in a Box"?
[Allegedly, he didn't.]

When I was first encountering Linux in 1994 or 95, I went to one of the
Eskimo North Port user meets in Ballard (now a fashionable hipster
neighborhood of Seattle, but then a dreary postindustrial fishing
community full of OAP Swedish-Americans).  This was before I ever had
access to a CD-ROM drive, but I remember that Linux Journal (then also
based out of Ballard) had made up fancy-looking CD-ROMs containing the
installation diskette images for most major Linux distributions of the
time (booting off CD-ROM was something I think only Macs did back then).

They'd printed it to look like a hex nut, and the logotype proudly
proclaimed it a "LUGnut CD-ROM".  

I only brought up this trip down memory lane to note that I still think
that that's a cute name (and yes, too cute for most purposes nowadays).
Also I bet someday those discs will be good collectable material, if you
get them before the media degrade (I read that properly pressed CD-ROMs
of that vintage had an estimated median lifespan of about 50 years).

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