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Not everybody missed out -- I may not have done 40 floppies of WordPerfect, but I did install my first Debian (3.0 Woody) from a boot floppy, a root floppy, 4 driver floppies, and 20 base system floppies. http://www.debian.org/releases/woody/i386/ch-appendix.en.htm... http://archive.debian.org/debian/dists/woody/main/disks-i386... http://archive.debian.org/debian/dists/woody/main/disks-i386...

Oh man. Same experience, different distro. Slackware was a bunch of disks too (but I don't remember exactly how many)

It came on different disk sets; you really only needed the 'a' (base) set, but the 'n'etworking set was useful if you wanted the thing to connect to anything else.

IIRC there were also

    d:   development (gcc, make, etc)
    e:   emacs (I think; I used vim at the time)
    x:   X11 base system
    xap: X applications
    y:   bsd games
probably several more

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