Progeny Debian Beta 2 now available
Jan 18, 2001, 18:35 (1 Talkback[s])
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Progeny Linux Systems has released Progeny Debian Beta 2.
Progeny Debian is derived from the Woody branch of the Debian
distribution and features Linux kernel 2.2.18, Mozilla 0.7, and
XFree86 4.02. In addition to the downloadable ISO images for a
standalone install, Progeny may be obtained by upgrading from
Debian 2.2 (Potato), the "Slink-and-a-half" VA Linux Debian
distribution, or Potato systems running Ximian GNOME.
The new release features a GTK+-based installer, non-interactive
installation for server farms and clusters, and GTK+ tools to
provide a front-end for the debconf tool in addition to a
GNOME-based apt front-end.
Progeny Debian will form the foundation for Progeny's upcoming
network product, LinuxNOW (Network of Workstations), an environment
featuring the Pelican filesystem, an attempt to enhance LANs
through process migration, server replication, and intelligent
cacheing. According to company spokespersons, LinuxNOW should be
available later this year.
Progeny's President and CEO is Ian Murdock, founder of the
Debian project and its Project Leader from 1993 to 1996.
Date: Thu, 18 Jan 2001 09:57:22 -0500
Subject: Progeny Debian Beta 2 now available
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Branden Robinson)
It should go without saying, but all of Progeny's enhancements and
additions are freely licensed and available for incorporation into the
official Debian packages (where this has not already been done), per the
discretion of the appropriate package maintainers.
Progeny Linux Systems is pleased to announce the availability of its
second beta release of Progeny Debian.
This beta is being released as an independent, installable system.
ISO images are available at http://archive.progeny.com/images/>. They
1. 1 binary Install CD
2. 2 source CDs
3. 1 boot floppy
4. 1 kernel module floppy
Be sure to read the Beta 2 Release Notes, at
The beta is also available as an upgrade to:
1. Debian 2.2 (potato)
2. "slink-and-a-half" (the VA Linux boxed set edition of Debian 2.1)
3. Debian 2.2 with Helix-GNOME packages
Upgrades from other versions of Debian, or from Debian-based
distributions, are not yet officially supported, but may work.
Progeny would appreciate hearing of any efforts to make these
Some of the features of this release:
- zero-floppy installation (for systems that support El Torito bootable
- graphical install using GTK+
- noninteractive installation (for clusters and server farms)
- a user-friendly and coherent default GNOME desktop configuration
- recent packages from Debian's testing version (woody)
- debconfization of many packages
- a GNOME front end to debconf
- GTK+-based "configlets" for several critical aspects of system
configuration (time/date, MTA, network setup, XFree86) using debconf on
the back end
- boot support via GRUB, including (optional) automatic migration
- package sets, an alternative to task packages in which groups of
packages are defined by a list of member packages in a conffile
- two package set selection tools, apt-pkgset (command line), and
gnome-apt-pkgset (GNOME) which can be used to easily install and remove
package sets, for easy management of popular and useful groups of Debian
- hardware autodetection (based on the "detect" library)
- Linux kernel 2.2.18
- XFree86 4.0.2
- Mozilla 0.7
We encourage people to test this release and report bugs, so our final
release can be as high-quality as possible. You can report bugs to us
via the "bug" tool (which has been updated to send bugs to us), via
email at email@example.com, or through our Web interface at
For more information, visit our Web site at http://www.progeny.com/, or
email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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