Episode 410

Ye Olde Linux Distro


June 15th, 2021

1 hr 2 mins 44 secs

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About this Episode

We revisit the seminal distros that shaped Linux’s past. Find out if these classics still hold up.

Plus the outrageous bounty on a beloved Linux desktop app.

Support LINUX Unplugged

Episode Links

  • Tim Berners-Lee, the World Wide Web’s inventor is selling its original code as an NFT — Comprising over 9.500 lines of code, the files contain the basis of the languages and protocols underpinning the internet as we know it: Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP), Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) and Universal Document Identified (URI).
  • Meetup: Salt Lake City — Saturday, August 7, 2021, 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM PDT.
  • Meetup: Denver — Friday, August 20, 2021, 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM PDT.
  • Jupiter Broadcasting Meetup Page
  • Pidgin: the universal chat client — Pidgin is a chat program which lets you log into accounts on multiple chat networks simultaneously. This means that you can be chatting with friends on XMPP and sitting in an IRC channel at the same time.
  • Pidgin contributors: grim — Long time contributor, author of Guifications, and a founding member of the plugin pack.
  • Zerodium on Twitter — We’re looking for #0day exploits affecting Pidgin on Windows and Linux. Bounty: $100,000.
  • ZERODIUM — Limited-Time Bug Bounties and Temporarily Increased Payouts
  • Linux 5.14 Mainline Should Work With The Raspberry Pi 400 — No kernel driver changes were needed since it's basically very close to the Raspberry Pi 4 but the updated DTS configuration is needed for the 1.8GHz clock rate, a different WiFi chip, and power off handling via GPIO.
  • XFS To Enjoy Big Scalability Boost With Linux 5.14 — The big numbers are seeing the transaction rate go up from around 700k to 1.7M commits per second and a reduction in flush operations by 2~x orders of magnitude less for metadata heavy workloads that don't enforce fsync.
  • Archive of old versions of Linux — Thanks to Mediactive Network for hosting this website.
  • Mandrake 10.1 Visual Tour
  • Xandros 3.0 Desktop Gallery
  • Red Hat 9’s Classic Look
  • Ubuntu 6.06 LTS — Ubuntu 6.06 LTS introduces functionality that simplifies common Linux server deployment processes. For system administrators setting up large numbers of web, mail and related servers, Ubuntu 6.06 LTS offers the fastest and most consistent path to deployment, combined with the availability of global commercial support where needed.
  • Damn Small Linux — Damn Small Linux is a very versatile 50MB mini desktop oriented Linux distribution.
  • BackTrack Linux — BackTrack was a Linux distribution that focused on security, based on the Knoppix Linux distribution aimed at digital forensics and penetration testing use.
  • TLP — Optimize Linux Laptop Battery Life
  • auto-cpufreq — Automatic CPU speed & power optimizer for Linux based on active monitoring of laptop's battery state, CPU usage, CPU temperature and system load. Ultimately allowing you to improve battery life without making any compromises.
  • Did you know that you can 100% legally get & run WordPerfect for free? — But there is a catch – of course: they're both very old and hard to run on a modern computer. I'm here to tell you how to get them and how to install and run them.