Fun find of the day

I was rummaging through my closet this evening and I found an old boxed (yes, as in cardboard) copy of “Linux-Mandrake 6.5” that I purchased over a decade ago at a local Wal-Mart.  I think I shelled out $39 for this bad boy.  Note the highlights:

  • Linux Kernel 2.2.13
  • KDE 1.1.2
  • XFree 3.3.5
  • Special versions of PartitionMagic and BootMagic
  • 3500+ pages of electronic Linux references from Que and Sams (yes, documentation was a selling point)
  • FREE installation technical support

Somewhere around 2001 Mandrake became Mandriva, a company that still produces its own Linux distribution.

I remember formatting my hard drive and trying to work through the text-based installation program that came with Mandrake.  The most advanced thing I had done with computers up to that point was install Windows 98 and fudge around with autoexec.bat and config.sys when I needed to get my DOS games to work.  I was used to drive letters, and these things called “mount points” sounded pretty scary.  Needless to say, I got really, really good at installing Linux that year… mostly because I managed to screw everything up within a day of the install and had to start over.  Good times.

I kept this box to remind me that the relationship between curiosity and swearing is linear.  OK, I really kept it because I like to be nostalgic about my roots, and my early exposure to the world of Open Source Software set the tenor and pitch for my entire career as a software developer.  Now go watch Revolution OS.

Mandrake-Linux 6.5

2 thoughts on “Fun find of the day

  1. Oh my word, I was searching for an image of this as it was my first actual copy of Linux, and here it is…. I feel your pain paying for it, however, I think we bought ours in mid 1999 for £1 in a well known “everything’s a pound” shop!….

    However, it hates my Cyrix x86 555mhz CPU, and kept crashing out, so I scurried back to Windows 98 to complete my dissertation.

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