[conspire] 1992-1993 Linux distro, anyone?

Rick Moen rick at linuxmafia.com
Tue Nov 6 16:05:26 PST 2012

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Date: Tue, 6 Nov 2012 16:00:37 -0800
From: Rick Moen <rick at linuxmafia.com>
To: luv-main at luv.asn.au
Subject: Re: background fsck service - any tools?
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Quoting Peter Ross (Peter.Ross at bogen.in-berlin.de):

> On Tue, 6 Nov 2012, Lindsay Sprinter wrote:
> > On Tue, 6 Nov 2012, James Harper wrote:
> >
> >> Is a routine fsck on ext* filesystems still recommended, or just done 
> >> because "that's the way we've always done it"?
> >>
> >> James
> >
> > I have been using Linux now for nearly 20 years, for most of that time I
> > have used (and still use) ext2 or ext3. During the twenty years I have
> > never seen one of these "sceduled" fsck's produce any errors caused by a
> > failure in the drive or the file system.
> I choose ext2/3 as the most stable Linux filesystem for many years, based 
> on my experience and other reports(e.g. the XFS-related threads on this 
> mailinglist and others did not give me too much confidence)
> At least 2007-2010 (maybe starting earlier) "tune2fs -i 0 -c 0 <fs>" was 
> part of the build because I did not see a benefit in running regular 
> fscks.
> > My 20th aniversary of using linux will come up around June July next year,
> > How many people remember SLS and Ygdrasil?
> I bought my first PC at home Northern summer 1993, a AMD 386 40 MHz system 
> with 4 MB Ram (and a black&white 14" monitor).
> Finally "Unix" at home:-) I downloaded a bunch of 3 1/2" floppies from 
> ther FTP server at Uni Rostock.
> I am not sure anymore whether it was SLS or the first Slackware release. 
> It came with "b[1-?]" (base system) disks, "x[1-?]" (X11) disks, and I 
> believe there were two or three more series (with different letters) but I 
> don't remember which. One was a "n" (network) series, supplying TCP/IP 
> utilities, I think.

That's Slackware.

When I first built a Linux system in '93, I wasn't yet aware of
Slackware or SLS, so on account of lack of awareness a friend and I 
(who had both been trying various *ixes: AT&T System V release 3.22, 
Novell UnixWare 2.0, 386BSD 0.1) downloaded H.J. Lu's three-disk Linux
Base System floppy images from tsx-11.mit.edu or sunsite.unc.edu (I
forget which) and used those to build up systems from source tarballs.

Here's a copy of the docs.

And hey!  Here are the MINIX-formatted flopy images:

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