Aug 25, 2009

Have You Ever Visited The Ubuntu Museum?

Dustin Kirkland shows that it doesn't take heaps of cash and government funding to open a museum. All by himself he opened one exclusively for Ubuntu.

The Ubuntu Museum consists of a webpage that displays Ubuntu versions since the beginning years of the software. The museum has a collection of screenshots (png) of the various Ubuntu releases, from the very first Warty Warthog through Jaunty Jackalope. To the right of the screenshots are links to the boot sequences (mpeg) for each release.

Still further to the right on the webpage are the download links for the Ubuntu versions to bring them to life again in a virtual machine (bzip2, qcow2). These are the desktop versions inclusive of all updates, although only the unsupported versions can be downloaded.

Kirkland came up with the idea of a museum while regression testing the virtualization stack for Ubuntu's KVM package, according to his blog. He and Jamie Strandboge "kicked around" the idea of "Linux museums" six months ago, Strandboge having since branched off to found yet another virtual museum called the Debian Archives.

"I find some strange satisfaction," says Kirkland, "hitting a few old, memorable bugs and then thinking 'boy, am I glad we fixed that!'." He is also pleased with the improved Ubuntu startup and shutdown times over the years.

Hopefully some of you will enjoy this trip down memory lane and perhaps learn something too!


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