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ZDNet: Evan Leibovitch: Glory days [of Yggdrasil]

Sep 20, 2000, 17:32 (8 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Evan Leibovitch)

"Yggdrasil? Um hmm. Spelled just that way and pronounced "IG-dra-sil." In Norse mythology it's the name of the tree of life that is said to support the sky. There are a few places on the 'net that go into the mythology. However, what's interesting to me is the role Yggdrasil Computing played in the early days of Linux. And even more interesting could be the role this same company plays in Linux's present and future."

"Quite a few people I know -- myself included -- got their first Linux experience from the Linux Bible, which hasn't been updated since the mid-90s but still has a place on Yggdrasil's web site. ... In my recollection, the Yggdrasil book was also the first to include a CD of installable Linux. "It was horrible to install," my Starnix partner Matthew Rice recalls, "but back then, it was all pretty horrible." Thus, Yggdrasil was one of the first Linux distributions (dating back to 1992) and it was certainly the first that was widely available."

"Adam Richter, head of the Silicon Valley-based company, says Yggdrasil's new release of a DVD full of free software is the first of what could be a number of new products. ...this bundle contains neither binaries nor any distributions -- it's only meant for those already running Linux. ... What Yggdrasil may or may not do in the future is still a riddle. ...something's coming, we're just not sure what."

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