Had to do another Windows XP installation the other day, which meant having to go through Windows's horrible partitioner and installation volume selection part of the installer. If you've ever selected a partition to install to, and then wanted to go back and change it you'll know that you'll have to reboot and start the whole affair over again.
After complaining about this to a friend it was brought up that Linux partitioners of around the 2001 era were much the same, so without being able to recall excaclty what they looked like, I decided to download an old distro and have a looksee for myself. The distro I chose was Red Hat 7.1 which acording to DistrWatch.com has a release data of 16/4/2001.
So once the CD's booted, this is what you're presented with. A boot menu with various installation styles and options. I went with the standard graphical install which is the default.
Up pops the friendly Linux penguin and some kernel output, then some extra drivers are loaded followed by the Red Hat logo.
Before long we're into the installer proper, and presented with various screens asking us about how the computer setup.
First, the basics of language for the installer, keyboard setup and mouse type, Then onto the type of installation we'd like base on the role the machine will be performing. Options here are Workstation, Server, Laptop, Custom, or and Upgrade of an older installation. As this was a fresh install I went with the Workstation installation.
Now, here we are at the screen relating to the reason I'm installing this distro to begin with. Options here are to have the system partitioned automatically, partition with Disk Druid or for the expers amungst us, manually with fdisk. The graphical partitioner is fairly standard fair to anyone thats used Ubuntu, Fedora, etc. After creating and changing any partitins your asked to confirm whether you want any of them for be formatted.
Then it's onto network configuration, firewall settings, language of the target system, location and UTC offset. The location and UTC offset screen has the same style of world map location selection of its more modern equivelents which make me wonder just how early was this introduced into Linux installers?