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Componentized Linux by Progeny is a new kind of Linux distribution, built as a set of interchangeable parts. The core component is an LSB 1.3 certified Linux runtime.

I take today a look at an earlier developer snapshot of Progeny Debian 2.0, the first Linux distribution based on Componentized Linux.

Progeny Debian 2.0 based on Debian GNU/Linux 3.1 (Sarge) and comes with Progeny's Debian port of the Anaconda installer (the Red Hat/Fedora Linux installer).

First CD boot


The CD boot menu is identically to Red Hat/Fedora Linux. Pressing the enter key will install Progeny Debian in graphical mode, while linux text will run a text based setup.


There are more options available: linux noprobe will disable the hardware detection. linux mediacheck will test the install media. linux rescue enable the rescue mode. With linux dd you can install a driver from a driver disk. linux updates will install from an installer update disk. memtest86 will run a memory test.


General boot help describes additional boot options for problematic hardware. For example: linux resolution=1024x768 will boot the graphical installer in 1024x768


There are additional kernel parameters available. kernel mem=128M noprobe will install on a system with 128MB using noprobe mode.


Rescue mode help will display the rescue options. However, there is only one option available.