I need to get a scientific software running but it requires older libs and I don't want to screw my current system. I thought about using an old ubuntu version in a VM. But which would I need?
The software can be obtained here
The Readme says:
The Makefile assumes you are using wxWindows 2.4.2, and that it is installed in /usr (/usr/lib/, /usr/include/wx, etc...). It may, however, be in /usr/local instead; in this case modify line 18 of the Makefile appropriately.
Also, wxWindows 2.4.2 has conflicts with very recent versions of GTK, so you are welcome to use the most recent version of wxWindows (2.6.0). However, this would also require changing the Makefile, namely lines 16-18. Also, this new version of wxWindows splits the libraries up into different parts; base, core, and gl. You would need to link to all these libraries.
If you email me at email@example.com, I can send you a Makefile customized to 2.6.
UPDATE: My code doesn't work with 2.6. 2.4.2 doesn't compile with newer versions of g++. So, this is a problem that I haven't had time to fix. Sorry. You're only hope is to use an older g++.