@dredmorbius @sir Manual mknod instead of udev stands out. Everything was either in the distro or on sunsite.unc.edu. Handcoding XFree86.conf. Pirating MetroX or commercial OSS when all else failed. A boot floppy image to work with your brand of cdrom drive, most likely attached to your soundcard. Using modprobe with arguments for interrupt and ioport of your pre-pnp ne2000 clone. The days in 2.0 when the DEC Tulip PCI fast-ethernet cards became he go-to NICs.
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