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I'd like to run a pretty old Linux distribution (say from 2003) on VirtualBox. It doesn't look easy to find any ISO and package sources. Has any one try this rather strange adventure?


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VirtualBox is perfectly capable of running older distros. Are you actually asking where to FIND downloads of older distros? – Oliver G Jun 12 '12 at 10:32
distro ISO and update sources. Thanks, – lang2 Jun 12 '12 at 10:41
It's really dependant on what distro you want to run. Quite a lot of distro's (such as Linux Mint) have the older versions listed for downloading on their websites. – Oliver G Jun 12 '12 at 10:45
1 run a pretty old Linux distribution (say from 2007)... That's not old! Not even close! I mean, not only from a "that box sits there since 20 years, it works" view of things, but also from "we have that production server, still supported, still under maintenance" view. – Bobby Jun 12 '12 at 11:01
Just download the distro ISO....As written this question cannot be answered. – Ramhound Jun 12 '12 at 11:32

If you look at the distro you want, have a google around their websites. As Oliver said, many of them keep older versions for you to download.

For example, I just checked that I can get early Ubuntu ISO's (certainly back as far as 2006) and Slackware. Took me about 6 seconds of googling.

It is relatively common to keep a wide range of ISO's for historical and research reasons.

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