[OT] Home Email Server? The OLD days...

Derek Broughton derek at pointerstop.ca
Fri Mar 13 13:47:31 UTC 2009

Ric Moore wrote:

>  The earlier days of Linux
> (1996-98) were a real trial, just getting sound and network cards to
> work. <grins> Ric

And video...  Kids these days just don't know how easy they have it :-)

I used to boot into a flashing screen (blanking about twice/second), where I
had to manage to log into a console between the flashes (the keyboard also
only worked when the console was visible).  That was easy enough, once I
got the rhythm, for the username, but really tricky for the password, as it
was impossible to tell whether I'd hit the key at the right time.  Once
logged in, I could execute some command that would reset the video, and
then restart kdm.  I must have done this for THREE months before getting
the video card configured correctly - and of course we didn't have
hibernation in those days, so I had to do this at least once a day.  

And despite that, it was still an improvement over Windows 95.

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