[ale] [ALE] OT Sort of

Jeremy T. Bouse jeremy.bouse at undergrid.net
Tue Apr 13 11:53:56 EDT 2021

Compiling aside, what about actually acquiring the distribution to install
it. I remember back in the day having to use the 300 baud acoustic modem
with the 1200 baud turbo switch to download the SLS disk images that had to
then be copied via dd to the "3D printed save icons" (so the younger
generation can understand) overnight. Or not knowing if the device your
computer had installed would even work with that 0.99 kernel after you
compiled it all night long.

On Fri, Apr 2, 2021 at 12:32 PM Chuck Payne via Ale <ale at ale.org> wrote:

> Does anyone remember back in the day when you want to use Gnome you had to
> install ICEWM?
> Staying up late to compile WindowMaker for 4 hours with the latest Xorg.
> Or compiling Linux Kernel so you can use an audio card or graphic card?
> Or changing your shell from sh to bash.
> Kids today don't know the pain.
> I tried to explain to my 16 years today Linux so easy to use, but there
> was a time you would sit and eat pizza and drink beer while praying to the
> compiler Gods that the new kernel you compiled does crap out, Or waking up
> to find out you were missing on a library that cause you to want to scream
> at the sky for wasting a weekend trying to compile.
> I even fired up WindowMaker to show what we had back in the day thought it
> was cool, that it was the Winowmager we used with Xorg and the pain we had
> to do get X working.
> That when KDE came along was so cool but was so heavy to use. Gnome wasn't
> a real WindowManger because you had to install something IceWM to use.
> Hell, even the shells kids are using make life simple, have you played
> with ZSH. So pretty and easy to use, ugh. They need to feel the pain of sh
> and even worse tcsh.
> Many of us, wear white beards, know the pain.
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