86Box config for RedHat 4.X

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.

Linux Kernel 2.0.30? Gosh!
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Old Solaris Patches (Sunsite Mirrors)

sunsite.icm.edu.pl looks to be an old mirror of the pre-Oracle Sunsites. It’s quite useful for patches for older Solaris releases.

To get Internet Explorer 5.0 for Unix (Sparc) running on the Sparc release of Solaris 7 I ended up using:

108376-46: OpenWindows 3.6.1: Xsun Patch (Patch File)

106327-23: SunOS 5.7: 32-Bit Shared library patch for C++ (Patch File)

106950-24: SunOS 5.7: Linker Patch (Patch File)

And voila! Internet Explorer 5.0 for Unix running on the Sparc release of Solaris 7.0

Pratchett, Gadgets and Hex

As part of the tinkering I’ve done for my Period Sites in Period Browsers project, I’ve had to keep an eye on the various pages it produces.

A few, of course, are the damaged product of a failure in somewhere my system and – of the rest – most are utterly banal, only really of interest in the context they appear.

Occasionally, some pique my curiosity. Like this short interview with Terry Pratchett about his working technology, originally recorded in 1998.

The PSPB page will be up sometime tomorrow afternoon but, until then, why not read the interview in a modern browser?

PSPB – Period Sites in Period Browsers

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.

While I have no real idea how long it’ll last, PSPB can currently be found here.