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    Progeny announces long term halt of NOW development
    Posted on Thursday, August 30 @ 20:41:33 BST

    The Linux NOW (Network of Workstations) project from Progeny, aimed at creating a complete easily managed networked environment based upon Progeny Debian GNU/Linux has been postponed for the forseeable future. An announcement to the the mailling list can be found here. Unfavorable economic forces and the market downturn have hit Progeny hard. Hopefully in the mdeium-to-long term we should see further innovation from the Progeny camp, who do much excellent work for Debian as a whole.

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    Re: Progeny announces long term halt of NOW development (Score: 2, Interesting)
    by abo on Friday, August 31 @ 01:19:49 BST
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    This is a bummer. I was looking forward to NOW as a very neat way to take advantage of and administer networks of workstations. NOW had the potential of being Linux's winning edge.

    Perhaps they bit off more than they could chew? The only doc's I could find on NOW suggested they were adopting ideas from mosix, etc, but basicly doing it all from scratch. It didn't seem to be a very open development process.

    I thing a NOW like project could be pulled together much simpler and faster by just using the existing bits and pieces rather than re-writing them. A combination of mosix (distributed processing), Linux Terminal Server Project (netbooting etc), LDAP (directory services and authentication), and perhaps Intermezzo (distributed filesystem) would do the trick. Throwing in webmin probably wouldn't hurt.

    These tools already exist, and things like mosix even have debs in unstable. What needs to be done is to pull them all together, possibly into "now-server" and "now-client" debs that simplify the installation. It might be necissary to contribute to the various other projects to make them suitable for NOW.

    Perhaps there needs to be a NOW project setup on SF. I would call on Progeny to contribute all work (if any) already done on NOW to the SF project. I would be very willing to contribute to such a project. If one already exists, please let me know.


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    Re: Progeny announces long term halt of NOW development (Score: 1)
    by bronto on Friday, August 31 @ 07:54:05 BST
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    Having in mind the Stormix crash, I really hope this is not the beginning of the same thing for Progeny.

    Can we do anything, apart from buying the commercial edition of Progeny Debian instead of downloading it?

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    Re: Progeny announces long term halt of NOW development (Score: 0, Troll)
    by Anonymous on Friday, August 31 @ 10:23:55 BST

    I somehow don't see Linux as being a good platform for this sort of thing. What can be achieved within Linux seems to have largely already been achieved: Mosix, CODA, and similar systems. On the other hand, if you want more transparency, something like Plan 9 seems like a better foundation to build on.

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    Re: Progeny announces long term halt of NOW development (Score: 1)
    by rix on Friday, August 31 @ 19:55:43 BST
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    I'm crossing my fingers hoping that this doesn't mean

    the progeny product itself will run intro trouble as well...

    I purchased the downloadable version myself, and use it with great satisfaction at home, and I hope many other have and will do this as well...

    It's time the big companies start supporting Progeny (and thus Debian) for their products instead of only creating rpm packages...

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    Re: Progeny announces long term halt of NOW development (Score: 0)
    by Anonymous on Friday, August 31 @ 20:00:54 BST

    If it had been an open source project, it would have continued by volunteer developers. Just like

    in case of eazel. eazel is dead, but nautilus

    lives, and it'll have place on future desktops.

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    some information please (Score: 0)
    by Anonymous on Saturday, September 01 @ 12:13:00 BST

    Some people here seem terribly insulted that I suggested that what "Progeny NOW" was trying to achieve seems to have already been achieved by Plan9, MOSIX, and/or CODA.

    Maybe rather than randomly flaming in response to such a suggestion, you might actually provide a coherent technical argument about how you think NOW differs from these other efforts. Or is a technical response too much to ask for in this forum?

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    Re: Progeny announces long term halt of NOW development (Score: 0)
    by Anonymous on Monday, September 03 @ 03:48:54 BST

    It's kind of a stupid business plan to sell Debian for money when I can just download it.

    Also it's really hard to sell an OS well in today's Microsoft ruled climate, and Redhat already owns the "de facto Linux standard" title as far as Linux distributions go.

    To parahrase my favourite slashdot troll:

    "Progeny is dying !"

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