Edit: Oops: there's a forum catagory for this...will report it myself;skip this -waste of your time.
Has anyone created a local repository of one that has been End of Life'd?
I ask because Fedora Core 6 was the first operating system that was capable of running correctly on a socket 939 based computer I built years ago.
I recently wanted to reload FC6 after my video card blew caps(capacitors)
It was unstable after that incident (The card, coincidentally perhaps, died at the precice moment I hit "download" on an intrustion detection suite Linux Distro iso image)
So I wanted to reinstall FC6 because I knew it worked, and because one of the reasons it worked is it had some upstream hardware tools I have never seen made available before or since(that doesn't mean they aren't available widely now, but I've not seen them)
The installer panicked because it couldn't find a valid mirror....shouldn't panic, it was programmed to panic, should simply warn....very apple powerpc of RH
You're supposed to have Sun and Adobe render it unsafe with "every patch is fatal."
Not make the installer panic after expiry of mirrors.
(In case developers are reading, just sayin' farm that out like Vpro AMT....plausible deniability??? 8-P
Even Apple lets you reinstall End Of LIfe versions....and they provide the updates still at least with tiger and leopard up to the EOL date....I was kind of disappointed with that, but not enough to try to work around it, installed PC-BSD 1.5 instead and it did run stable...I suspect newer OSes were killed by hardware DRM...or the lack of it.
Caveat: haven't checked the licenses, assume the folowing applies only to GNU/free software sourced from the package rights holder according to their licenses, and this would be a non-production pre-compliance template/catalogue only pending an audit:
I'm sure there's a way to rebuild old linux distros at least from optical media, and merge them even, which would be a fun thing to do with my archives. If anybody has a link to a tutorial on packhaging a hybrid distro, and diff/merge tools(if you have a favorite, or has a suggestion regarding building a local Dorian Gray hybrid distro repo....please don't hesitate to share...,
I haven't even built a custom kernel yet after quite a few years but that's the main weakness of the self-training/education method(miss things that would be on a formal syllabus and learn them later than you begin needing them..flounder in areas dependant on skipped core knowledge)
there are advantages also....the main one being the tendency to investigate many things that are omitted at the whim of indoctrination abuses.
But I generally am weak at Command line interface/ shell scripting. THat's likely the best way to do this(and most things) so
not asking for a Graphical User Intefrface tool, but if you have a good one share it too, might provide partial aassistance.