End of the line for Progeny Linux

Progeny Linux, a company that failed to make a go of commercial support of Debian Linux, has shut down.

It's long been clear that Progeny Linux, an attempt to commercialize support for the Debian version of the open-source operating system, had ceased to be relevant. But the company made it official on Monday.

A note on its Web site reads, "We are sorry to inform you that Progeny Linux Systems, Inc. ceased operations April 30, 2007."

Debian and Progeny founder Ian Murdock already had left the company in 2006 to work on the Linux Standard Base project. In March, Murdock joined Sun Microsystems as its chief operating systems officer, where he balances involvement with Linux with Sun's open-source Solaris operating system.

(Via Matthew Aslett)

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