Recently I’ve been playing around in 86Box (build 3.7.1 for MacOS to be precise!) with 1997’s Red Hat Linux 4.2. After a little fiddling I seem to have got it mostly working – with one major caveat; I have had real issues with getting X/FVWM to work with any other display resolution than 640*480. Should I come up with a solution I shall, of course, update this page.
Omniweb 4.5 – first released in August 2003 and, apparently, lost from the general web (or, at the very least, Google!) – can be found here. While the base URL isn’t an Omnigroup URL, it looks to be reasonably trustworthy as that particular file is linked to from the Omniweb 4.5 product page.
Anyway, in completely unrelated news, Omniweb 4.5 on OSX 10.3 comes to PSPB today!
Apparently, in those more freeform pre-Blair-government days of February 1997, The Guardian (or at least those parts of the Guardian who worked Saturdays to put out the Observer) decided to put out a guide to cults.
PSPB is now up to 30 Operating System and Browser Combinations and over 50 sites. It’s a still a bit Windows-centric at the moment (though, of course, so was a lot of the tech sector back then) but this is improving as I branch out into other operating systems.
So, I’ve built a new toy. It’s called PSPB (Period Sites in Period Browsers) and it pulls pages out of the Wayback Machine and renders them in various period specific browsers and operating systems (stripping off all the Archive.org rubbish as it does so).
As of launch it only has a half-dozen Operating System/Browsers combinations and around a dozen source sites – and the site that it posts them too is rather austere – but that’s likely to change as I poke around with it and get things up and running.