Nostalgic as I am, I've put together some old hardware and installed a S.u.S.E Linux 4.3 from 1996 with kernel 2.0.18 from the original CDs.
It runs great including network and decent graphics.
Just sound is missing. The mainboard has no ISA slots, just PCI, has an onboard AC97 sound and I have a SoundBlaster 128/Ensoniq CT4750 PCI card, both don't seem to be supported. I've tried SoundBlaster 16 compatible and some other options without luck.
Upgrading to kernel 2.0.40 would be no problem but does not seem to provide additional support for sound cards. Kernel 2.2.x provides all new sound support for a lot of cards but the upgrade is not trivial and would significantly decrease the nostalgia factor.
Is anyone aware of a PCI sound card/chipset that is supported by kernel 2.0.x? I fear only ISA sound cards are supported.