[rescue] Early LINUX distros.

Patrick Finnegan pat at computer-refuge.org
Tue Mar 15 23:41:51 CDT 2011

On Tuesday, March 15, 2011, gsm at mendelson.com wrote:
> On Tue, Mar 15, 2011 at 09:51:12AM +0200, Jonathan Groll wrote:
> >Hmm... I assume this email was written before the morning coffee hit
> >the blood stream, as even in the late 90s we didn't 'burn' floppies.
> >Or maybe some of us did, in frustration.
> It's a figure of speech. Probably from burining a record which was
> done with a heated lathe. When I was a child a neighbor had a home
> recorder that did burn phonograph records.
> >What I remember of dominant late 90s distros is of Red Hat, Mandrake
> >and SuSE rather than Slackware. And, I thought Yggdraisal was gone
> >by 1995.
> It was still spoken of in 1995, I lost track of it. I was a slackware
> user.
> >The gold-plated CD-R disks in 1995 were also expensive.
> In 1991 they were $10 each in the US. I simply no longer remember the
> price until 1997 when I bought them here in Israel for 10 NIS, which
> at the time was close to $3.
> Floppies here never got below 50 NIS for 25 and that was the cheap no
> name brand at Office Depot. So 14 for a Linux distro would still be
> expensive.

Unless you used AOL install floppies, which were basically free. :)

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