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LinuxPlanet: DistributionWatch Review: Progeny Linux beta 2

Jan 25, 2001, 13:23 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael Hall)

"With all these examples, the software itself -- be it a complete distribution, a graphical user environment, or a single desktop component -- is more valuable as a stable reference platform or conduit to the end user than a retail product. "

"Newest to this growing trend is Debian GNU/Linux project founder Ian Murdock's Progeny Linux Systems, which is building a new model for Linux in businesses in the form of Linux NOW (Network of Workstations). The company has just released the second beta of its enhanced Linux distribution. Based on Debian GNU/Linux, the distro isn't an end unto itself: it's a baseline against which services and products requiring more expertise to manage will be leveraged, and Murdock likens it to the work Ximian has done with its GNOME distribution: less of a divergence from the original project than a set of polishing enhancements."

"Murdock, who says Progeny's Debian release is not the primary focus of his company notes that he considers the primary value of operating systems to be provision of services:"

"'There's more future in services,' he asserts. 'Operating systems aren't where the interesting territory is.' According to Murdock, the biggest challenge is in 'turning good hardware into a vehicle that allows people to do their work.'"

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