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Who was first...

Posted Jul 2, 2004 1:41 UTC (Fri) by X-Nc (guest, #1661)
In reply to: Who was first... by tjc
Parent article: A Short History of Linux Distributions

Infomagic was one of the first, if not the first, companies to sell Linux CD's. They packaged up a few CDs worth of files and also some small amount of printed material. Though I can't remember his name, I met the founder of Infomagic at Open Systems/FedUNIX in '93 (or was it '94?). This was maybe a year before he passed away.

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Infomagic and source CD:s

Posted Jul 2, 2004 7:59 UTC (Fri) by eru (subscriber, #2753) [Link]

That is also what I remember. I don't think Infomagic ever made a distribution of its own, but they published CD:s with other peoples Linux distributions on them.

I still have an Infomagic source CD from 1993. It's contents is very much like one would find on a public university FTP server in those days: various X11, GNU and BSD sources.

By the way, for everyone with early CD:s like this: don't throw them away. They might became important sources if you ever need to find prior art for software patents. A CD like this is a publication with a known issue date and provenance.

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