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CNET News.com: Noncommercial form of Linux [Debian] draws VC interest

Jul 15, 2000, 12:10 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephen Shankland)

"Linux Capital Group gave multiple millions of dollars to Progeny Linux, said Bruce Perens, Progeny chairman, a former leader of the Debian project and current head of the capital group. Progeny, like Red Hat and other Linux companies, hopes to make money by selling services and support to companies that want a hand using Linux, Perens said. Progeny looks to be different from others by offering support for a new software package called Linux NOW, which stands for "network of workstations."

"...having a network of computers hooked together into a collective actually simplifies management, Perens said. "We're essentially taking a big network of workstations and making it look like a mainframe," he said. NOW will be worthwhile on a network of a dozen computers, but it gets better with more, he said. "If you have a larger network, with 1,000 workstations, we will come in and deploy the system for you. That's one of the ways we make money," Perens said."

"The NOW software bears some resemblance to TurboLinux's enFuzion software, which lets multitudes of computers collectively attack computing problems with spare CPU cycles. EnFuzion works on numerous different operating systems. The first version of NOW will be released as open source early in 2001, the company said. It will be open source... Progeny will work to commercialize the Debian distribution so it's easier to use, Perens said."

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