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I wanted to try out Yggdrasil, one of the the oldest Linux distributions. I could not find an ISO image, but I could find the source files, I do not know how to install an OS from source files, can someone help?

Is there anyone who has used Yggdrasil?

Anyone who has an ISO image of Yggdrasil? Or any legalised download of it?

I guess it would be nice to see where this distribution revolution started.

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Have a look at this he claims to have a cd and offers to send copies. – Nifle Apr 4 '10 at 9:55
@ Nifle: I am sending an e-mail to this person, can you please re-open my question. Much appreciated. – Arkapravo Apr 4 '10 at 10:04
If you put a space between @ and Nifle the system dosen't treat it as it as a message to me. If you write @Nifle I will get notified that you have written to me. – Nifle Apr 4 '10 at 10:14
Yggdrasil isn't the oldest distribution. Yggdrasil was introduced in late 1992. SLS was introduced in mid 1992, and MCC interim Linux and TAMU were both introduced in early 1992. However Yggdrasil was the first CD based distribution. At the time CD Rom's were quite rare & expensive, so most distributions were based upon floppies. – gorilla Apr 4 '10 at 10:19
This seems odd to me. There's no point to installing an old Linux distro except for fun and hack value, and in that case it seems to me appropriate to do it from source. – David Thornley Apr 6 '10 at 13:28

Yep, it was the first Linux distribution I tried. I still have the CD-ROM somewhere.

I had to recompile the kernel in order to use the printer port. It was occupied by some TPC/IP over printer port (!) device.

Update: I found it. Text on the CD-ROM (for reference):

Plug-and-Play Linux. Internet ready multimedia operating system with source. Summer 1994. ISO 9660 universal CDROM filestem with Rockridge extensions. Yggdrasil Computing Incorporated/Freesoft. 4880 Steven Creek Blvd. Suite 205. San Jose, California. 95129-1034. United States of America. toll free: (800) 261-6630. (408) 261-6630. fax: (408) 261-6631. To install, insert floppy in drive A, insert CDROM and reset computer. Requires 386/486/586 CPU, 8 MB RAM, floppy drive, Sony CDU-31A, Sony 535, Mitsumi, Matsushita/Panasonic/LaserMate or SCSI CDROM with Adaptec 154x/174x, Bustek 542B, Future Domain 8xx/16xx, other other TMC-950 based controller, Ultrastor 14F/24F/34F, or Western Digital 7000faast SCSI controller.

An upload may follow.

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@Peter Mortensen: Do you have a cd-image or floppy-image ? .... or can you guide me with the source files .... I just want to see it ...feel it...nothing too extravagant to do with it ! – Arkapravo Apr 4 '10 at 10:35
@Arkapravo: try to contact me at the email address indicated in my profile and things may work out. – Peter Mortensen Apr 4 '10 at 12:17
@Peter Mortensen: Hi, I have sent you an e-mail ! .... – Arkapravo Apr 5 '10 at 2:50
Can you post a torrent of it so others can get it (not all torrents are illegal ;))? :) – Nathan Adams Apr 6 '10 at 12:25
@Nathan Adams : A torrent would be WOW ! .... however even if someone could help with the source files, it may be great ! – Arkapravo Apr 10 '10 at 13:48

Warning: Atleast some Yggdrasil versions don't work with standard ATAPI/IDE CD-roms, you need one of those (ISA) scsi cards (or emulating them if you are using some kind of virtual machine) to be able to do more than just load the kernel and watch a panic because the kernel cannot mount the root filesystem.

You might be able to put the cd image on a (secondary) hard disk (or partition) and point the installation boot kernel to that image.

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Source over there:

Still would be great to have a cd-image available, if someone have one, I would be glad to host it on one of my servers...

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Could not make this work on VMWare and Virtual Box .... – Arkapravo Sep 18 '11 at 5:10

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