From: Adam J. Richter (adam@netcom.com)
Date: 08/22/93


From: adam@netcom.com (Adam J. Richter)
Subject: Re: Linux CD-ROMs in general --> Yggdrasil in particular
Date: Sun, 22 Aug 1993 14:41:07 GMT

In article <1993Aug19.172528.15787@valis.ampr.ab.ca> user1@valis.ampr.ab.ca (Kevin Fluet) writes:
>That Yggdrasil group seems to have disappeared, too (at least I haven't
>heard anything about their final release CD).

        At the outset, let me congratulate you for being the first
USENET poster to spell "Yggdrasil" correctly on the first try.

        Yggdrasil Computing, Inc. is alive and well and very busy.
We have sold about 3,100 LGX betas (not including freebies), which
I gather is about twice as many copies as Jana and SLS combined.
We have more than that number of advance orders for the first production
release, which will feature, among other things, a "fill in the blanks"
graphical user interface for doing things like installing an ethernet
card or a printer, plus support for almost every CDROM drive.

        You may not have heard much from Yggdrasil lately because
we've been busy trying to cut the first production release and also
doing other things to build company infrastructure in anticipation of
rolling out support services with the first production release.
For example, if all goes well, we will be moving into new offices
in the heart of silicon valley with a shared high speed internet
connection on September 1, at which time we will be able to set
up our own FTP site. We will also soon have a 900 number for
general Linux support, including support for users of other
distributions and questions of a tutorial nature (e.g., "how do
I use this program?"). Also, We are in a unique position to offer
on-demand support services for hardware-related questions because
we've already invested in so much different PC hardware for testing.

        I hope that I have given you a reasonable sense of the
work that is going on at Yggdrasil right now. To some extent all
of the Linux CDROM companies seem to be victims of their own
success. It is a very challenging problem to transform a small
business into a serious company in the space of, say, 800 business
hours, while not ignoring the operation of the business during that
time or spending money beyond your means. I think that I speak for
all of the Linux CD companies when I say that the quiet that you're
hearing does not mean that we've gone away. It's more like the calm
before the storm.

-- 
Adam J. Richter                             Yggdrasil Computing, Incorporated
409 Evelyn Ave., Apt. 312, Albany CA 94706  PO Box 8418, Berkeley CA 94707-8418
(510) 528-3209                              (510) 526-7531, fax: (510) 528-8508
adam@netcom.com                             yggdrasil@netcom.com
Another member of the League for Programming Freedom (lpf@uunet.uu.net).