TAMU Linux

Last Updated on: 20th July 2023, 01:21 pm

Web site: tamulug.tamu.edu/tamulinux.html (not active)
Origin: USA
Category: Desktop
Desktop environment: GUI
Architecture: x86
Based on: Independent
Media: Install Floppy
The last version | Released: ? | May 1992

TAMU Linux – the first Linux distribution which offered the X Window System instead of a text based operating system only. TAMULinux is primarily developed by Aggies at Texas A&M with the Texas A&M Unix & Linux Users Group.

The University launched TAMU in May 1992 and the TAMU Linux Users Group was trying to resuscitate as TAMULinux as late as 2010.

TAMU.99p12+ is the latest release in the TAMU linux series. Unlike previous releases, this one includes both integrated source and binary sets, with the entire binary set created from a single top level source make. This ensures that all programs are compiled and linked with the same current tools and libraries, and guarantees availability of working source for every program in the binary set. In addition, the new boot diskette fully automates the installation process, including partitioning, lilo bootstrapping, and network configuration. Installation requires no rebooting, and requires the user to know only the host’s name and IP address. At every step of installation, the program provides intelligent defaults, making it a snap for novices, while allowing experts full flexibility in setting installation parameters. Reliability has been improved over past TAMU installation by the use of labels on all disk images, so that the program can detect and recover from bad or misordered diskettes.

The release is a full featured package, including XFree86-1.3, emacs-19.18, net-2, bootutils, and sources for all installation programs (without any use restrictions.

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