Hello Kevin,

Am 27.12.2019 um 20:36 schrieb Kevin Monceaux <Kevin@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>:

I claimed that I thought that loadable kernel modules were **added** to
Linux somewhere around the 2.x kernel version. How does finding a
/lib/modules directory on a distribution with a 2.0.38 kernel prove that
that is wrong?

Double-First: Because I can perfectly insmod modules from there. If this isn't enough proof, there's also /proc/modules available. An also relatively "good" Kernel was 1.2.13, als I recall. I can't remember the Why but I guess it was the first major release supporting ELF binaries additional to a.out.

I also have myself doubting. After some memory jogging, I think I might
have started using Linux somewhere in the 0.9x kernel era. I stared with
Slackware on a 486 SX 20 MHz PC.

I see. :-) I started with Slackware 2.1.0 and Kernel 1.1.59 on a 386DX40 with 8 MB of RAM. The all-plastic, tiny, soldered 386, generated not much heat. This has been most exactly 1995 but not earlier.

Maybe kernel modules were added in the 1.x
kernel era. I know there were no loadable kernel modules when I first
started using Linux.

While that may be true, I can't recall if module support was available in 1.1.59.

It looks like the first two Slackware releases in '93 had kernel versions
0.99.11 Alpha and 0.99.13. Slackware 2.0 released in '94 had kernel version
1.0.9. It would be interesting to find some hardware or an emulator that
could run those early Slackware releases. Ah, the memories.

There should not be any problems running these within Vmware products as long as the Kernel has support for PCI bus and devices. Hmm. Maybe I could try…

:wq! PoC

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