Reply 40 of 62, by QBiN
In the mid to late 90's, I used to run Slackware 3.x on an old P120 on an Intel ZP motherboard. It was great as a learning tool because, it's true, Slackware does almost nothing for you. As a young adult in university, I had the time and enthusiasm to really dig in, learn, and play with all the low-level tuning of a linux system. I remember with particular satisfaction recompiling kernels with just the minimal amount of support I needed and nothing more.
With a little bit of elbow grease back then, a linux box ran circles around Win95 and was lightyears more stable. The real problem was getting half-decent office productivity to do my papers in. I often had to reboot into Win95 just to write papers, but would reboot into linux to do actual engineering work. There was a unix document format that the computer science guys used in Linux/Unix (we had tons of NeXT workstations and DECstations all over the place)... It wasn't postscript, but I can't think of it at the moment.