By Steven Vaughan-Nichols  |  Posted 2003-11-10 Print this article Print

: Integrator or Distributor?"> Progenys approach, according to Murdock, also enables developers and users alike to focus more on using Linux than on debating the advantages of one distribution over the other. Therefore, Progeny tailors a Linux by using only those componentized Linux parts that fit a companys specific needs. Murdock said he that in some ways, "Progeny can be thought of as more of a Linux systems integrator than as a Linux distributor."

This distinction doesnt mean Progeny doesnt continue to help develop Linux itself. Besides continuing to work with the popular Debian distribution, Progeny works to unify Linux distributions. Its most notable accomplishments in this arena recently has been the porting of Red Hats Anaconda installer to Debian.

Linux programs tend be shipped in two different, incompatible formats, Red Hat Package Manager (RPM) and Debian. With this port, Debian and Debian-driven distributions, such as Linux desktop distributor Xandros Corp., will be able to easily install RPM-distributed programs.

Progeny will also be looking to work with other companies or consortiums. This is a task that Love, with his contacts throughout the commercial, Linux world, is well-suited to pursue.

Both executives also said they think that Novell Inc., with its recent purchase of UnitedLinux leader SuSE, is in a unique position to push for Linux unification. Love commented, "Novell has a big opportunity with UnitedLinux if they go forward with it. It will be very positive for Progeny and all other Linux companies if they do so. Progeny, which has more of a window to the Linux community than Caldera ever did, may also be a major help with this."

Murdock added, "Im encouraged about what Novell is talking about. These guys seem to get that Linux as enabler of technology and businesses and not just another enterprise operating system. This is a fundamentally different thing, and if they keep thinking this way, it will help all of Linux."

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Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols is editor at large for Ziff Davis Enterprise. Prior to becoming a technology journalist, Vaughan-Nichols worked at NASA and the Department of Defense on numerous major technological projects. Since then, he's focused on covering the technology and business issues that make a real difference to the people in the industry.

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