I don’t miss that slow chunk of dust. But while I’m thinking about it… I bought my very first personal computer at Sears in Morehead City NC. It was a Packard Bell 486 DX2-66. I remember it coming with Windows 3.11 pre-bundled.
I was continuously learning with it, mainly by breaking it in such a way that it would no longer boot the operating system.
Eventually I installed Yggdrasil Linux onto it and began my journey learning about Linux.
Today Packard Bell is owned by Taiwan-based Acer Inc.
My 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. Although 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.