Where one can find ancient Linux distribution installation images (ISO) such as RedHat Linux 5 (not RHEL), early versions of Mandrake Linux?

  • Redhat Linux 5 not RHEL? RHEL is Redhat Linux is it not? – Chris Aug 26 '10 at 19:10
  • 1
    No. RHEL is RedHat Enterprise Linux. It is somehow successor of RedHat Linux. RedHat 5.0 is based on Linux 2.0, RHEL 5.0 on Linux 2.6 - that's HUGE difference;) – el.pescado Aug 26 '10 at 20:43

ftp://archive.download.redhat.com/pub/redhat/linux/ has every released version of RedHat. ftp://archive.debian.org/debian-archive/ has every released version of Debian. Both have sources, binaries and installation floppy images but not isos.

http://old-releases.ubuntu.com/releases/ has all out-of-support releases of Ubuntu.

http://snapshot.debian.org/ has almost every package that went through Debian unstable since March 2005.

ftp://distrib-coffee.ipsl.jussieu.fr/pub/linux/ has a grabbag of old-ish releases.

| improve this answer | |

For some REALLY old distributions see oldlinux.org. Their collection is far away for complete but on the other hand there seems to be couple of gems like Caldera 1.0 prerelease or SuSE Linux 1.0.

Many educational ftp sites do still host quite ancient releases, but a quick peek lead me only to Red Hat 7.3 (at ftp.funet.fi), so that may still be a bit recent for you necromancer ... :-)

| improve this answer | |
  • Wow, Caldera. That was my first taste of Linux. – lamcro Aug 26 '10 at 19:21

The FTP sites that host the files (like the .edu sites) usually don't delete the old files. Like here for example you can get manndrake all the way back to 2004.

| improve this answer | |
  • I'd like some older ones. You cannot find any RedHat Linux distributions there. – el.pescado Aug 26 '10 at 18:14
  • @el.pescado: My suggestion was more of a general one with an example. You can find FTP Mirrors to most distributions that go back for years. Looks like Mandrake was first released in 1998, so I'm not sure if that is when this particular FTP started hosting the files, or they just keep 6 years worth of data, but perhaps you could look through a few of the different mandrake mirrors. – Jarvin Aug 26 '10 at 19:47

I have found so far:

| improve this answer | |

Really, check the long-standing FTP sites. You can still get Slackware distributions from disturbingly long ago that way.

| improve this answer | |

Red Hat Commercial Linux 2.1 (from 1995) can be found at http://cd.textfiles.com/infomagic/imagicldr199511/disk2/ .

| improve this answer | |

I have Mandrake 8.0 Traktopel on my website as of now, 6.1, 7.0, and 7.1 coming shortly; along with Caldera OpenLinux 2.2 and X11 and Console Utilities from TuCows Linux. I have only been able to get Traktopel working, and on the ancient VMware 3.x, so the others are untested.


Have fun!

| improve this answer | |

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.