Old hands: what are some major noticable differences between 'eras' of Linux? What would stand out to a modern Linux user who tried out 2.x? 1.x?

@sir Looking at systems as a whole:

- There was the pre-distro stage.

- First distros, notably SLS and Yggdrasil. I've heard SLS ("Soft-Landing Software") was called that "because it was a pile of shit". It worked, but barely.

- The packaging formats. Slackware, Red Hat, and Debian, each organised around a specific packaging format and philosophy, emerged at nearly the same time, about 1994.

- XFree86. Having an X11 impleentation made a huge difference and impact.



@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.

@dredmorbius @sir That sounds right, he was building some of the first HPC Linux clusters iirc.

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