OSNews.com: Interviews Progeny’s Steven Schafer

“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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