Comparing the M23 and Spacewalk software distribution systems

Package Delivery

Article from Issue 139/2012

Keeping all the Linux clients in an enterprise environment up to date can be a major logistical challenge. Many harassed administrators appreciate a good software distribution system, especially if it is a free tool that doesn’t stress the IT budget.

Two mouse clicks are all it takes to install the latest version of the latest spreadsheet tool on a number of computers, and the administrator doesn’t even need to leave the desk. The efficiency and automation in this scenario is made possible by package distribution programs. All package distribution programs rely on a simple principle: A central server keeps and manages all the available software packages. A client can connect and download a package, or the server can push some packages onto selected clients as directed by the administrator. A good software distribution program can also uninstall clients and install client updates.

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