| Date: Wed, 11 Jul 2007 14:38:22 +0100
| From: Michael Watterson <watty at eircom.net>
| Ian Spillane wrote:
| > Strange question maybe; but I'm doing a clean up of CDs.
| > I have a terrible instinct against throwing things out.
| > Is there any purpose to old editions distro CDs and DVDs?
|[ ... ]
| Sometimes it's hard to find the download and they are needed to install
| drivers etc and test drivers prior to migrating the driver to a new kernel.
| Also embedded devices often use older kernels and sometimes these can't
| be updated. It might be useful to have the PC version.
|[ ... ]
in addition the reasons Michael gives, it is,
historically, wise to keep the install media
which correspond to any backups you keep.
i.e., if a backup was made on version X.Y of
some *ix distro Z, then keep the Z *ix vX.Y
whilst it's been awhile since I've run into
newer systems not grokking either the backups
themselves, or the files which are backed-up,
it has happened (and still can happen); this
when the ability to retrieve the older software
(and/or source/documentation) which wrote / can
read the whatever is obviously a useful option.
I still have some 9-track reel-to-reel tape
backups containing files never transferred to
other media. hence, I _also_ still have the
relevant *ix installs (also 9-track), albeit I
rather doubt any of the tapes are readable now.
(which perhaps suggests there's no reason for me
to hang on to those old backups and installs?)
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