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Old 01-31-2003, 01:04 AM   #1
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Question Tools to deploy Linux Desktops


Anybody know what sort of tools out there to handle software distribution and version management for desktop linuxes?

Windows based solutions come nearly 13 in a dozen, but large scale client deployment will need a simple, reliable, scalable tool to centrally deploy/install/manage new and updated software.

I do not mean the big hulks like IBM/Tivoli and their likes. Linux as a low cost alternative will need to cater for this as well.

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Old 01-31-2003, 02:37 AM   #2
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What on earth are you talking about?

Do you mean something that keeps you "up2date"? If so, there are plenty of options out there for this, check out www.freshmeat.net

If you are talking about something along the lines of "Check to see what I need to update" there are also some options for this as well, Mandrake for one has a great tool for this.

Please, can you further explain your question?

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Old 01-31-2003, 03:14 AM   #3
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Easy
A large company with 1.000's or 10.000's of desktops needs a way to deploy new and updated code (programs). If left up to the end user, Help Desk needs to be largish. MS SMS is one example of a software deployment tool that needs to be replaced and hopefully with a less costly one. Still confused?
 
Old 01-31-2003, 03:23 AM   #4
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Nope thanks for the clarification!

http://sourceforge.net/projects/systemimager/

I just hopped over the sf.net and looked for something like that, this came up rather quickly

Is this what you mean?

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Old 01-31-2003, 03:32 AM   #5
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Most of the major ditributions have a means of auomating software updates against a vendor-supplied ftp/http bucket. There's Debian's apt-get, SuSE's YaST online update, and RedHat's (Kisckstart?).

You can host your own apt-get repository and I _think_ you can roll your own SuSE look-alike. These sites would (with permission from the hosts!) mirror the original servers locally. Any packages you make within your organizattion can be packaged and rolloed out according to your scheme. It's no small task on a large scale, but worth it to save a lot of 1-1 support.

Anything you setup should provide a way of rolling back the updates in case of update failures on the client side.

Remote booting with local images cached on hard disk is another method but its stregth shows in homogenous hardware environments. Managing boot images for a hundred different platforms can become a chore.

Not to be left out is rsync and rdist. (man pages).
 
  


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