The DukeOfURL says Progeny Debian 1.0 is fast, stable, and
excellent for users and administrators interested in hands-on
management of their machine. On the downside, not all the packages
are the most current (the KDE version shipping is 2.0) and
automated/integrated security management is lagging.
"Progeny Debian is the commercial version of Debian
GNU/Linux. Progeny's CEO and President, Ian Murdock, is the founder
of Debian GNU/Linux. Debian is well known for its quality, superior
packaging system, and the Debian Social Contract. It has been said
that Debian is often the choice of the experienced Linux user and
there is probably some truth to that. The releases are slow,
favoring stability over the bleeding edge in Linux. Another benefit
for experienced users is that Debian puts control over the system
in the system administrator's hands. Often the administration is
done the old fashioned way - with a text editor.
Debian itself is the product of many man-hours of work by a
sizable group of volunteers many who have committed to the
aforementioned Debian Social Contract. It is a contract that sets
forth a code of morality regarding the use of free software and
Debian in particular. In other words there is much more to Debian
than just software. Even the project Debian gets its name from
unconventional roots, named partly for Ian Murdock's wife Debbie
(DebIan - get it?).
In the years since Ian founded Debian it has grown in popularity
to the point where it has been used as the basis for other
distributions, most notably Corel Linux, Stormix, and Libranet.
This is really no surprise due to Debian's reputation for stability
and its unique ability to manage software reliably and in real
Progeny capitalizes on the many benefits of Debian and couples
it with a friendlier installation. Their goal seems to be taking
Debian to the commercial desktop where stability, reliability, and
ease of administration are more highly valued than bleeding edge
software. I think, for the most part, they have done the job
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