"...A statement released by Progeny's Chairman, Ian
Murdock, founder of the Debian GNU/Linux project, reads:
'The primary motivation for this decision is our desire for
convergence with Debian proper. From a technical perspective,
nearly all of the features we introduced in Progeny Debian have
found or are finding their way into Debian, and it is thus becoming
increasingly unnecessary for us to continue investing the resources
required to maintain a separate 'Progeny enhanced' version.'
Additional market pressures have also contributed to the
According to Steve Schafer, Progeny's President and CEO, retail
competition among distributors is intense and requires a six to
eight month release cycle to even remain competitive:
'Mandrake and Red Hat own the show," he said, "to even play it
costs a lot of money.'"