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Spacewalk: Open Source Systems Management

Red Hat released its Linux systems management toolset, Spacewalk, as open source several months ago.

It’s designed for managing installed software applications across a network from within the firewall:

“Spacewalk manages software content updates for Red Hat Enterprise Linux and other Linux distributions such as Fedora, CentOS, and Scientific Linux, within your firewall. You can stage software content through different environments, managing the deployment of updates to systems and allowing you to view at which update level any given system is at across your deployment. A clean central web interface allows viewing of systems and their software update status, and initiating update actions.”

I’d like to see it expanded to manage open source applications across platforms, to make it easy to get FOSS onto Windows clients as well (like Project Smith in some ways).

Spacewalk development is hosted in Trac at

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