S.u.S.E. 4.4.1 can still be installed using a virtual machine (KVM/QEMU). Thanks to very old standard technologies like ‘PS/2’ and ‘VGA’ even the graphical desktop can be configured. The installation was quite complicated, but there was a manual containing over 500 pages of help. Installation requirements were 8MB of RAM for text based operations and 12MB for the X-Window system.
The CDROM was not bootable, you had to use a floppy boot disk.YAST was used for installation and configuration:
Linux already supported a lot of hardware:
The graphical desktop had to be started using the command line with ‘startx’.
The graphical interface has not changed that much. Vim and the Midnight Commander (mc) were already preinstalled.