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OSNews.com: Interviews Progeny's Steven Schafer

Nov 20, 2001, 03:37 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Nicholas Heron)
"Last month Progeny Linux Systems ceased development on their own distribution in order to focus on selling professional services. In their announcement, the company cited the prohibitive cost of developing and publishing a distro. This move marked another firm in the wave of tech companies, Linux and otherwise, making significant changes to adjust to the market slump. Progeny's distribution was based on Debian GNU/Linux , and many in the Linux community were closely watching the company because it was founded by Debian creator Ian Murdock. OSNews spoke to the President of Progeny Linux Systems, Steve Schafer, once the dust had settled on his company's announcement.

1. In August, you stopped development on Linux NOW and you've just stopped publishing Progeny Linux. How was morale at the company once these decisions were made?

Steve Schafer: Both decisions made good business sense, but were still a bit difficult to make. Several people inside and out of the company felt very passionate about the NOW project, so it wasn't taken as well as the Progeny Debian decision. Our commitment to the Debian Project was understood in the latter case, which helped with the reactions.

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