Red Hat Linux 6.2

I remember like if it was today the first time I installed Linux in my computer. I was 12 years ago and I bought a magazine, from Spain, that came with the CD of Red Hat 6.1.

I completely destroyed my partition table with Disk Druid, that I don’t know how could recover later. Once the installation was complete,  several days after the issue, I started to fight with my monitor to use 1024 x 768, the only way was using a very low horizontal frequency between 50-60 Hz, but I had to fight with Vertical frequency as well to get it working. Once working as the frequency was low it wasn’t really good for my eyes but it looked nice for screenshots. I used to take lots of screenshots that I have to find some day to post them.

These were recently taken from my VM:

I’m sharing this VM with the world, I’m planning to start uploading VM’s of old Linux distributions, so everyone can see how GNU/Linux was 10 years ago or maybe when it started.

How to install it?

As root:

trying to run old Red Hat version in KVM, failed.

Some days ago I felt some nostalgic feelings and I tried to install a red hat 6.2 version into a fedora 14 host.

The installation was painfully slow, but it was completed successfully anyway. The problem is that after booting the new (not really) redhat 6..2, I got a kernel panic with the following message:

Kernel panic: Kernel compiled for Pentium+, requires TSC”

after googling that, I found that one of the solutions would be recompile the old linux kernel with the option “Unsynced TSC support”, I’m to lazy to do that just for fun, I would do it if I have no choice, but I have some doubts, why the kernel in the installation cd is not failing? and, is it because my computer has an AMD processor?