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Mandriva, Turbolinux Step Back from Debian Core Project

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Progeny and more than half a dozen other Debian Linux distributors are working toward forming a common Debian Linux distribution for the enterprise based on the next version of Progeny's Componentized Linux.

This is not a done deal yet. Two companies previously mentioned as being involved with the project, Mandriva, (formerly Mandrakesoft) and Turbolinux Inc., appear to not be participating at this time. Progeny Linux Systems Inc. continues to leading the way.

The other companies involved in the possible forming of a DCC (Debian Core Consortium) include Linspire, credativ GmbH (site in German), LinEx (site in Spanish), Sun Wah Linux Ltd., Xandros Inc. and several other Debian companies and nonprofit/community projects.

"Essentially, you can imagine that any organization that's interested in making Debian more viable for the enterprise is or is invited to be a part of this," said Ian Murdock, founder of both Progeny and the Debian distribution, as well as CEO of Progeny.

"As to what this means for LCC [the Linux Core Consortium], that really depends on Mandriva and Turbolinux. The market has spoken, and we're 100 percent focused on this new Debian-centric core now. If Mandriva and Turbolinux want to move to this Debian core, we'd love to have them. I can't speak for them."

Mandriva, after considering the matter, will not be joining the DCC.

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