Nope, it's not even a fresh Debian install. /sbin/init doesn't exist, so this must have been a botched attempt at installing a new system. Figures, since the datestamps are all around 2003, which is a long time after I thought I was done using the machine this drive came out of.
"I appreciate SDF but it's a general-purpose server and the name doesn't make it obvious that it's about art." - Eugen Rochko