Support Cobbler – FOSS Linux Deployment Automation

TL;DR

Cobbler is awesome. Go to their Indie Go Go page and consider a donation.

The Long Story

Anyone familiar with the RedHat slice of the Linux pie will have a good chance of having heard of Cobbler. I could go on about it, but I’ll let the project speak for itself:

Cobbler is a Linux installation server that allows for rapid setup of network installation environments. It glues together and automates many associated Linux tasks so you do not have to hop between lots of various commands and applications when rolling out new systems, and, in some cases, changing existing ones. It can help with installation, DNS, DHCP, package updates, power management, configuration management orchestration, and much more.

The Cobbler project is looking to develop further. The following is taken from their Indie GoGo page concerning what their future hopes are:

  • New hardware to add IaaS features to cobbler. Specifically, we are looking to add support for deploying Cobbler-based images to OpenStack and Eucalyptus. As such, we’ll need a few new servers to create a small private cloud for testing.
  • New hardware to build a dedicated test rig (namely Jenkins) to run continuous integration tests.
  • Funds to help pay for the maintenance (power, etc.) for all of the above hardware.

They’re looking to raise $4,000 USD and they have set up an Indie GoGo funding page to raise those funds. It is set up under a flexible funding campaign which means that it will receive all of the funds contributed by Tue Dec 04 at 11:59PM PT.

They’ve got a ways to go before they hit their desired $4,000, so hop on over and consider a contribution if you find the tool useful. Share their Indi Go Go page or this post to drum up further support. I think we can see the project get it’s desired support and then some.

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