Subject: COMMERCIAL: Yggdrasil Fall 1995 Plug & Play Linux, $39.95
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From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam J. Richter)
Date: Wed, 20 Sep 95 12:16:57 GMT
Organization: Yggdrasil Computing, Inc.
Keywords: Commercial Linux ELF CDROM Distribution
Summary: 2 CD's, 1 boot floppy, 170 page install guide: $39.95
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Yggdrasil Computing has shipped the first production Linux
distribution to use the new ELF binary format and version 5 of the
Linux C Library.* This combination is the binary environment that the
Linux community on the internet has been adopting over the past nine
months. Other new features of this release include DOS-based and
network-based installations for systems that lack a supported CDROM
drive configuration, expanded graphical control panels, the postgres95
beta 0.02 remote database system, and the XFree86 3.1.2 version of the
X11R6 X window system.
Plug & Play Linux has now grown to two CD-ROM's. The
first CD-ROM includes all system programs, while the second CD-ROM is
source code. Like previous Plug & Play releases, the Fall 1995
edition of Plug & Play Linux can be started on supported hardware
configurations by simply plugging in the included boot floppy and the
first CDROM, and turning the computer on. Users with other hardware
configurations can use the new DOS installation or the new network
(NFS) installation. These alternative methods work not only for the
initial installation, but also for installing optional software
Other new features of this release include an expanded 170
page installation guide and additional enhancements to our graphical
control panels for system administration. Users who buy our
distribution on CD-ROM also get one free success with our guaranteed
technical support service (a $25 value, see "TECHNICAL SUPPORT"), and
$5 off of a second use of this service.
The distribution uses the stable linux 1.2.13 kernel, and also
has source code for the experimental 1.3.15 kernel for more
*There have been other ELF linux distributions that used the old
version 4 C Library, and there is a beta version of at least one
other Linux distribution on the internet that uses ELF and libc-5.
The advantages of the ELF binary format are very technical.
Not everyone will be able to follow this explanation, but hopefully
it will clarify for many people the reasons for the switch to ELF.
The most significant advantage of ELF is easier development of
shared libraries. ELF also makes it more likely that different
versions of the same shared library will be compatible. Producing a
shared library in the old binary format involved developing a custom
"jump table" for that library. Libraries with different jump tables
were incompatible, and often a new version of a library was
incompatible with its original jump table because a variable grew in
size too much. ELF eliminates the source of incompatability by
resolving symbol names at load time.
With ELF come some bonus features. For starters, standard ELF
shared libraries are also dynamically loadable, meaning that programs
can load, execute and unload code from new libraries while they are
running. It is also possible to have extra libraries preloaded ahead
of a program's usual shared libraries. This features is used by two
facilities in Plug & Play Linux: ElectricFence, and zlibc.
ElectricFence debugs memory allocation by intercepting calls to
malloc() and free(), making it possible to find memory allocation in
programs that the user does not even have source code for. zlibc
implements transparent decompression by intercepting a variety of
filesystem-related system calls.
ELF is also the executable layout used by System V Release 4 (tm),
although the system calls and many data structures are not compatible.
Linux ELF executables will not currently run on SVR4, but a small
amount of code is now shared between the SVR4-ELF and Linux versions
of the GNU utilities that produce and manipulate system binaries.
Bug fixes in certain areas of the SVR4 code automatically apply to
Linux and vice-versa. Moving to ELF makes it easier to move toward
greater compatability in this area in the future.
By moving to the ELF binary format, users can expect more
efficient use of disk space because of wider use of shared libraries,
easier upgrade paths, more compatability between different linux
distributions, a few additional technical features, and an additional
area of compatability with SVR4-based UNIX systems.
(tm) SVR4 and System V are trademarks of Unix System Laboratories.
UNIX is a trademark of X/Open.
Plug & Play Linux contains over a thousand executable
programs, which are arranged into hundreds of software components.
Here is a list of the version numbers for the different packages
that comprise the Fall 1995 release of Plug & Play Linux.
acm-4.7 gawk-2.15.6 mc-2.1 tcl-7.4.orig
adagio-0.4o gcc-2.6.3 metamail-2.6 tclvsdb-1.0
agrep-2.04 gdb-4.14 minicom-1.71 tclX-7.4a-b5
amd-920824upl67 getty_ps-2.0.7e mkdosfs-ygg-0.3b tcp_wrapper-6.3
andrew-6.3.3 ghostscript-2.6.2 mkisofs-ygg-1.03a tcsh-6.06
ash-linux-0.2 ghostview-1.5 modules-1.2.8 term-2.3.3
at-2.8 gic-1.2b1 moog-0.2 texinfo-3.1
auis-6.3.3 glib-1.9f moxftp-2.2 textutils-1.11
aumix-0.2 gmod-1.0 mpeg-1.2 tiff-3.3beta2
autoconf-2.3 gmp-1.3.2 mtools-2.0.7 time-1.6
bash-1.14.4 gn-2.12 mule-2.0 tk-4.0
bbgopher-1.6 gnats-3.2 nas-1.2p1 tkgnats-3.01
bc-1.03 gnuchess-4.0.pl68 nas-1.2p2 tkinfo-0.7-beta
bdflush-1.5 gnugo-1.1 ncompress-4.2.4 tkpostage-1.3a
bdftobin-1.0 gnuplot-3.5 ncurses-1.9.2d tkWWW-0.12
bin86-0.1 gnushogi-1.1 nenscript-1.13++ tput-1.0
bind-4.9.3.beta9 grep-2.0 net-tools-1.1.56 traceroute-4.4BSD
binutils-184.108.40.206 groff-1.09 NetKitBSD-0.06 trn-3.6
binutils-2.5.2l.1 gwm-1.7p_beta_2 NetKitMisc-0.08 tset-jv-0.9.3
bison-1.24 gxditview-1.09 nfs-server-2.0rt umsdos_progs-0.7
blt-1.8 gzip-1.2.4 nntpd-15.11a umsdos_progs-0.7-
bootlin-4 hdparm-2.1 oleo-1.6 usermaint-1.0
bootp-2.4.1 hfs-0.36 p2c-1.20 util-linux-2.2
byacc-1.9 host-1.01 patch-2.1 uucp-1.05
capture-1.00 httpd-1.3 pbmplus-10dec91 vacation-1.1
cbzone-1.00 hz2ps-3.1 pcmcia-cs-2.6.3 vlock-0.8
cdda2wav-0.3 ibcs-1.2-950413 pcnfsd-1.40 wavplay-0.1
cdwrite-1.5 ifs-5 pdksh-5.2.3 Wcl-2.4
checklinks-1.00 ImageMagick-3.2 perl-4.036 wdiff-0.5
chfn-0.6 indent-1.9.1 perl-5.001 web2c-6.1
cpio-2.3 init-2.55 pgbrowse-3.1b WorkBone-0.1
cron-3.0pl1 inn-1.4 pidentd-2.2 wu-ftpd-2.4
ctk-4.0a2 ipxbridge-0.1 pine-3.90 xancur-1.6
ctwm-3.3 ipxbridge-0.1.1 pixmaps-24x24 xaster-1.00
cvs-1.3 ipxbridge-0.2 pixmaps-32x32 xbmbrowser-2.0
dejagnu-1.2 ismodem-1.00 pkg-0.1 xboard-3.0.pl9
devX100-12 ispell-3.1.18 postgres95-0.02 xcmdmenu-1.6
devX75-12 itcl-1.5 ppp-2.1.2b xdaliclock-2.03
dialog-0.5 joystick-0.7.2 pql-0.8.1 xearth-0.92
diffutils-2.6 jpeg-5-alpha procps-0.97 xemacs-19.12
dip-3.3.7j kbd-0.89 qddb-1.42.2 xexit-1.0
dlltools-2.17 kterm-6.1.0 rcs-220.127.116.11 xfm-1.3.2
dnswalk-1.8.1 ld.so-1.7.0 readelf-0.0 free86-3.1.2
doc-2.0 less-252 readline-2.0 xgopher-1.3.3
dosemu-0.60.3 lesstif-Jul31-094 readlink-1.00 xkeycaps-2.22
dosfsck-1.0 libc-4.5.26 realpath-1.0 xless-1.7
e2fsprogs-0.5b libc-5.0.9 recode-3.4 xlisp-2.1d
ed-0.2 libc_s-950506 reve-1.4.0 xpd-1.03
efax-0.7 libg++-18.104.22.168 sed-2.05 xpipeman-1.01
ElectricFence-2.0 lilo-0.16 selection-1.7 xpm-3.4f
elm-2.4 linux-1.2.10 sh-utils-1.12 xpool-1.3
elvis-1.8pl4 linux-1.2.13 sharutils-4.1 xrisk-2.14
emacs-19.28 linux-1.3.15 sirc-2.0 xscreensaver-1.22
emacs-19.29 listserv-1993.2.2 slang-0.99.14 xsession-1.1
expect-5.17 loadlin-15 smail-22.214.171.124-yg xshogi-1.1
f2c-1994.April.20 lrzsz-0.12a smalltalk-1.1.1 xtetris-2.5.2
file-3.18 lynx2-3-7 sound-2.4 xvier-1.0
fileutils-3.12 m4-1.4 sox-8 xview-3.2p1-X11R6
finddev-1.0 magic-6.4.4 sspkg-2.0 xxgdb-1.11
findutils-4.1 magicfilter-1.1b strace-3.0 youbin-2.2
flex-2.5.2 mailx-5.5 sup-1.0 ytalk-3.0.2
freefile-1.0 make-3.74 symlinks-0.3 zlibc-0.6
freeWAIS-0.202 makedev-1.4.1 syslinux-1.10 zmodem-0.11
fsp-2.71 malloc-930716 sysvinit-2.50
ftape-2.03b man-pages-1.6 tar-1.11.2
fvwm-1.24r man_db-2.3b2 tcl-7.4
Hard disks: IDE, including Extended IDE (>540MB), ESDI (most
non-caching controllers), SCSI (with supported SCSI controller).
Tape: SCSI (with supported scsi controller), QIC-20 and floppy
CD-ROM: All ATAPI E-IDE CDROM drives, Sony CDU 31A and 33A,
Matsushita/Lasermate/Panasonic CR-56x and CR-52x, Aztech, Wearnes,
Philips LMSI cm206, Goldstar.
SCSI Controllers: Adaptec aha152x (aic 6260), aha154x, aha2940
(aic 77xx), Bustek 542B, Future Domain 8xx (and other TMC-950 based
controllers) and 16xx, Buslogic, EATA, Ultrastor, NCR53c810, IN2000
(warning: flakey!) and AL500, ProAudioSpectrum-16, Q-Logic, Seagate
ST01/02, Western Digital 7000FASST. Recommendations: We mostly use
the Adaptec 154x and NCR53c810.
Video: CGA/EGA/VGA/MONO in text mode. X window system
(XFree86 3.1.2) supports all standard VGA cards in 640x480 at 16.
Higher resolutions and at least 256 colors are supported for the
following chipsets. ATI Mach8, Mach32, Mach64; Cirrus Logic clgd5420,
5422, 5424, 5426, 5428, 6205, 6215, 6225, 6235; Compaq AVGA; Weitek
P-9000; Genoa GVGA, IBM 8514/A, NCR 77c22, 77c22e; Oak OTI 67, 77, 87;
Western Digital Paradise pvga1, WD-90c00, 90c10, 90c30, 90c31; S3 911,
924, 928, 964, 801, 805, 865; Tseng ET-3000, ET-4000; Trident 8800cs,
8900b, 8900c, 8900cl, 9000. Hercules monochrome is also supported.
Sound: Adlib, SoundBlaster, MediaVision, and compatibiles,
Gravis Ultrasound, and MPU-401. PC speaker driver can be used if
sound card is not present. You must rebuild the kernel to install the
Ethernet: SMC Ultra, wd80x3, smc80x3, many other 8390-based
cards; NE1000/2000/2100, 3com 3c503, 3c505, 3c507, 3c509, 3c579;
AT1500, AT1700, D-Link DE-600/620, WaveLan, SMC EtherPower PCI and
some DEC 21x40-based ethernet cards, Schneider & Koch G16, ni5210, HP
27245/47/50, HP PC-LAN, Digital Etherwords 3, Intel EtherExpress,
Cabletron e2100, Digital Equipment DEPCA, DE100, DE101, DE200, DE201,
DE202, DE210, DE422, DE425, DE424, DE435, DE500, ATP parallel port
adapters, Allied Telesis at1700, Arcnet, Apricot 82596, Ansel
Serial: Cyclades serial cards, regular serial ports.
Parallel: Standard parallel ports.
PCMCIA: We include drivers and compatible kernels for some
PCMCIA cards, but we do not presently have any boot PCMCIA floppies.
So, users of pure PCMCIA notebook computers currently must use the
DOS-based install procedure.
AVAILABLE BY FTP
Plug & Play Linux is also available for access by anonymous
FTP and read-only NFS. The FTP areas are:
ftp.yggdrasil.com:pub/products/fall_1995/install (disk 1)
ftp.yggdrasil.com:pub/products/fall_1995/src (disk 2)
The NFS areas are:
ftp.yggdrasil.com:/home/ftp/pub/products/fall_1995/install (disk 1)
ftp.yggdrasil.com:/home/ftp/pub/products/fall_1995/src (disk 2)
You can even try installing Plug & Play Linux over the net or
through a SLIP connection. If you would like to try installing Plug &
Play Linux over the internet, you can find a network installation
floppy in ~ftp/pub/products/fall_1995/netboot.3in.
Plug & Play Linux is free software, so there is no charge for
installing Plug & Play Linux over the internet. People who do so are
welcome to join our mailing lists and use our other online resources,
although we do not bundle any free technical support with this free
service. Instead, if you install Plug & Play Linux over the internet
and want technical support, we are happy to provide it our regular
reasonable prices (see "TECHNICAL SUPPORT").
MONEY BACK GUARANTEE
All direct sales from Yggdrasil have an unconditional 30 day
money back guarantee, and we encourage our resellers to offer the same
policies (and we back this up with full purchase credit for any
Yggdrasil will maintain an up to date errata list for the Fall
1995 release of Plug & Play Linux in
ftp.yggdrasil.com:pub/products/fall95/errata.txt. Plug & Play Linux
users interested in mutual support can get instructions on joining the
email@example.com mailing list by sending mail to
firstname.lastname@example.org with "help" in the first line on the body of
Yggdrasil offers a number of technical support services, but
the following are the most commonly used by individuals:
o For quick questions, use our technical support and
consulting hotline: 1-900-446-6075, ext. 835,
$2.95/minute, 9am-noon,1pm-5pm, Pacific time, weekdays.
o For other questions, use our 15 minute guaranteed
technical support service. 1-800-261-6630
(+1-408-261-6630 outside of the US and Canada).
Give the operator your credit card number, and we
guarantee to correctly answer one question or solve
one problem during your 15 minute call (ask as many
questions as you like during that period), or your
charge is refunded.
In the past, technical support was only sold separately from
other Yggdrasil products. The Fall 1995 release of Plug & Play Linux
represents a slight departure from this policy in that it is sold
bundled with a small amount of technical support. Plug & Play Linux
now includes a serial number, which entitles the owner to one free
success with our 15 minute guaranteed technical support service (a $25
value), plus $5 off on the caller's second call.
For more information on our technical support services, please
send an empty email message to email@example.com.
Plug & Play Linux is an excellent product for resellers. The
professionally designed cover art for Plug & Play Linux matches that
of The Linux Bible, and has the same 7" x 9.25" form factor, so that
it fits easily on store bookshelves and into priority mail and UPS
letter mailers, even when bundled with a copy of The Linux Bible. All
Yggdrasil products are individually shrinkwrapped and have a barcoded
ISBN, so that they arrive on your shelves in pristine condition and
can be moved quickly through your inventory and sales processes. Our
third main product, Linux Internet Archives rounds out our Linux
product line. If you would like to resell Plug & Play Linux, please
call (408) 261-6634. Yggdrasil offers excellent reseller discounts.
FREE COPIES FOR CONTRIBUTORS
If you wrote something that is in Plug & Play Linux, you
probably qualify for a free copy. Please see
ftp.yggdrasil.com:pub/for-contributors/free-copy-offer for details.
HOW TO GET A COPY BY TOMORROW
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the United States is $5 per order, regardless of how many products you
order. For an extra $1, we will ship your order by Next Day Air
(Saturday delivery is another $5, please call for pricing for Sunday
International air mail shipping is $10 per order.
Of course, the very fastest way to get Plug & Play Linux is to
drop by your local Yggdrasil reseller right now and pick one up. Our
distribution goes through more than one level of resellers, so we do
not have a complete list of everyone who sells our products, but we
are happy to help you find one if you call us.
To order, please call Yggdrasil at (800) 261-6630 or (408)
261-6630, or fax us at (408) 261-6631, or send email to
firstname.lastname@example.org, or use our web page (http://www.yggdrasil.com).
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From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam J. Richter)
Subject: COMMERCIAL: Yggdrasil Plug & Play Linux Fall 1995, Revision B
Date: Sat, 28 Oct 95 20:54:54 GMT
Organization: Yggdrasil Computing, Inc.
Approved: email@example.com (Lars Wirzenius)
Message-ID: < firstname.lastname@example.org>
Summary: Free update for Fall 1995 owners
YGGDRASIL PLUG & PLAY LINUX Yggdrasil Computing, Inc.
FALL 1995, REVISION B 4880 Stevens Creek Blvd., Suite 205
San Jose, CA 95129
fax (408) 261-6631
27 October 1995 email@example.com
Yggdrasil Computing is now shipping revision B of the Fall
1995 release of Plug and Play Linux.
The original Fall 1995 release has been available for almost
two months. In that time we have been collecting and publishing bug
reports and suggested fixes, as we do with every release of Plug &
Play Linux. (See ftp.yggdrasil.com:pub/support/fall95 for the latest
errata.) This time, however, we are going a step further. In the
spirit of "Plug and Play", we are making available a CD with many of
the bug fixes and user suggestions already applied. To use this
updated CD, you have to reinstall. There are a lot of fixes applied
to this CD, and you may be experiencing the side-effects of a bug
without realizing it. Among the bugs fixed is a serious problem in
the mailer daemon. On a more positive note, there are also some
performance enhancements, and this is the version of Plug & Play Linux
that is used in our upcoming video on installing and using Plug & Play
and other linux distributions. We recommend that all users install
the new revision.
DIRECT SALES CUSTOMERS
If you bought your copy of Plug & Play Linux directly from us
or are a subscriber, you do not have to do anything. We have already
mailed the update CD to you, and you should be receiving your copy
shortly if you have not already. If you do not receive your copy by
November 6th, then please call us.
CUSTOMERS WHO BUY FROM RESELLERS
Our update CDROM is available from our technical support
service for free to any owner of the original Fall 1995 release.
There is no shipping charge, even internationally. Requesting this
update does not use the free technical support call that comes with
the Fall 1995 release, and you can even use our toll free phone number
to request the update (1-800-261-6630). If you are outside of the
United States and Canada, you can call us at (408) 261-6630 or fax us
at (408) 261-6631. All you need is your Plug & Play Linux serial
number, and we will immediately ship you the revision B CD and boot
floppy. You can keep your original copy. You do not have to send us
If you are an Yggdrasil reseller, you do not need to adjust
your inventory. We will continue to honor requests for the free
upgrades from your customers until at least 90 days after the next
release of Plug & Play Linux. However, if you want to upgrade your
unsold inventory, we can do that for you for free also. Just let us
know approximately how many copies you want to replace. We will send
you the replacement copies, and then you send us the original copies
after you have received the replacements. If you send back fewer
copies, we will just bill you for the difference. If we can select
the shipping method, we will pay shipping in both directions.
BUGS AND OTHER ANNOYANCES FIXED IN THE FALL 1995 REVISION B CD-ROM:
1. System hangs at boot time with older Mitsumi 1X and 2X proprietary
bus CDROM drives. (Use revision B boot floppy.)
2. Sendmail does not deliver some local mail to non-root accounts.
3. "Recommended" install does not install a number of files that
really ought to be included.
4. "basename" utility is not included in the basic DOS install.
5. Double clicking on "libs" software component generates an error.
6. Installing "libs" optional software component breaks symlink in /lib.
7. Script generated by graphical control panel for serial internet
connection (slip/cslip) does not match changes in newer version of dip.
8. Static version of libg++ ought to be included.
9. User requests for preconfigured FTP daemon (/var/lib/ftpd).
10. Installing "libs" component disconnects /lib/libc.so.5 symlink.
11. install_component is slow.
12. Curses-based programs should check /lib/terminfo when
/usr/lib/terminfo is not present.
13. X configuration problems for Mach64, Mach32, and #9 GXE S3 cards.
14. Various control panels need to be upgraded to deal with
trailing newline added in Tk 4.0 text widget.
15. Users prefer install_component to display file-by-file
status, and is misleading when installing multiple components.
16. Graphical control panel generates incorrect printcap file
for directly attached local printer.
17. Root path includes "/bin/" instead of "/bin". This is harmless,
but lacks aesthetics.
18. man pages for smail are on disk 2, but not disk 1.
19. Diagnostics from manual page initialization at first boot look
like errors, spooking users.
20. /dev/mcd has incorrect major device number.
BUGS NOT FIXED IN REVISION B:
21. Users want non-DOS-based PCMCIA installation.
22. Installation really requires 8MB of RAM.
23. PCI BIOS-32 driver panics under some special hardware configurations.
(Only on Gateway 2000 P5-60 with ATI Mach64 PCI video card?)
24. Adaptec 152x fails to detect CD in some hardware configurations.
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