yggdrasil_linux_bibleMy first experience with Linux was in the early to mid-90s with Yggdrasil Linux.  I picked up a book aptly titled “The Linux Bible” which had a CDROM inside the book jacket.  I thought it would be cool to install this onto my Packerd Bell 486-DX2.  At the time, the Packerd Bell PC had Windows 3.11.

Honestly, as I looked at the terminal prompt and browsed around the directories and listing the contents of all the files (mostly programs), I remember having a creepy thought about the operating system being “alive”, like it had a consciousness.  Yup weird.

I remember investing a lot of time week after week, month after month just looking at all the programs in /bin, /usr/bin, /sbin, /usr/sbin, /local/usr/bin, /local/usr/sbin and thinking to myself “what do you do?” while execing them with a childish curiosity.

For reference, I liken this to picking up an encyclopedia or dictionary and just flipping pages for the heck of it.  yggdrasil_linux-noodle-soupAlthough during this period in my life I would submit to you that I was living a meager lifestyle with a diet consisting of hotdogs and ramen-soup noodles.  I was poor with a mountain of debt and barely getting by on my own.  So you see I had plenty of time to learn something new and for self improvement.

I don’t think many folks have heard of Yggdrasil Linux.  That’s understandable since it looks like Yggdrasil Linux was published between 1992 and 1995.  This was still an early time for Linux.

Last modified: 12/29/2013


My exact experience also….Packard-Bell 486 DX2-66, Mitsumi CDROM Drive, Yggdrasil Linux and I STILL believe Linux is a live entity.

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