Red Hat has made the decision to celebrate Halloween by recalling and relaunching version 0.9 of its system, which was published on October 31, 1994. That release was a paid beta and the first version of the system to be distributed publicly, so It is considered the starting gun for what is currently the leading Linux company , both in terms of economics and technological leadership.
The fact that Red Hat 0.9 was launched on October 31, 1994 earned it, of course, the nickname of ‘Halloween’, and is that the day and month indicated are the date to celebrate the well-known festival of pagan roots, which has become increasingly popular due to the preponderance of English-speaking countries in global culture.
Red Hat 0.9 was distributed at the time through a CD with the system and a bound book with the user manual . Today documentation and manuals on Linux systems are often consulted on the Internet, where in addition to the official material, there are also many third-party tutorials and manuals. However, the network of networks did not have the current size and scope in 1994, so paper support was still important.
It is not the first time that the company remembers the launch of its distribution ‘Halloween’, since in 2019 it did the same . On that occasion, the reaction of some was to ask via email and social networks if there were system files or an ISO image available to test it, so Red Hat was ready to work to meet the demand. Two years later, the Red Hat 0.9 ISO image is now available for download from the Internet Archive .
For the curious, it is important to bear in mind that we are talking about an operating system from 1994, so, unless a PC of the time with compatible components is available, the user is likely to encounter obstacles when it comes to try to start it with some modern virtualization solution.
Red Hat took advantage of the occasion two years ago to remember certain things related to the context of the time, such as the use of the LILO boot loader , which at the time, according to the company, caused quite a lot of headaches for users. The EXT2 file system , the presence of RPP files , which were the forerunners of the RPM package format, and less standard device management are other factors mentioned by Red Hat.
Fortunately, Linux has changed a lot since then, improving device management and offering systems that are increasingly simple, more graphical and equipped with more automation, something that is possibly more appreciated when it comes to desktop computing.