The m23 OpenSource
project is uniquely designed to help beginning Linux server administrators
effectively manage deployment of their Linux clients. Easily customize and
effortlessly control the flavors, packages and even backup your Linux
environment with a few button clicks.
looking for a useful tool to facilitate the administration of your Linux-based
server-client-system, m23 may be just the right tool. It is intentionally
designed for use by an administrator with basic Linux knowledge, making it a
perfect tool for businesses and organizations transitioning to Linux.
features include hardware detection, client formatting, and the installation of
Linux OS on any number of clients (Debian, Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu, Linux Mint
any good deployment tool is a comprehensive package manager, and m23 does not
Easily manage deployment of packages.
these core features are complemented by a client integration system, backup
tools, an emergency system for the complete restoration of damaged clients,
grouping functions and fast mass installation tools. You can even manage cron
entries and perform auto backups with the touch of a button.
Backups and cron jobs made easy.
business environment it is also essential that m23 can manage both virtual and
physical clients via network and the interface offers a number of options for
reasonably equipped to integrate with Virtual environments, you still need to
perform a few manual tweaks post installation to ensure it works with your
specific VM context. When in need of graphical mode on virtual clients, m23
uses a modified VNC server integrated specifically to support the need for
Is it extensible?
whether the m23 was extensible. The MDK (m23 Development Kit) is a powerful
environment to adjust m23 to your needs, but it requires some substantive
admin/dev skills. Not really intended for beginning admins, but then again we
don't expect new Linux administrators to fiddle with core features out of the
those well versed administrators, it is relatively straightforward adding to
m23's functionality through the use of scripts. If in need, admins can even use
m23 to build their own local package repositories to speed up client
installation. RAID, SSL, LDAP and NFS are fully supported.
to their OpenSource and international heritage, the program is available in
English, German and French, with user documents and help localised. The user
interface is kept simple and displayed using a webbrowser.
Why use m23?
reason we view m23 as a very positive solution for beginning admins is the fact
that not only is it an OpenSource project (you can freely modify it and it is
cost effective to deploy), m23 also reduces an administrator's burdens when
deploying numerous clients.
It is not an
admins panacea, but for new administrators especially, the m23 toolset can mean
an end to running around the office with boot disks, performing time consuming
m23 is now
successfully used in a number of German schools, and even used in institutions
such as the French institute of nuclear physics. The project was presented at
CeBIT and at the German "Linux Tag ("Linux Fair") in Berlin and
to date has been downloaded from Sourceforge over 20,000 times.
Where did m23 originate?
The idea for
m23 was formed by Hauke Goos-Habermann during an internship at the end of his
computer engineering studies. Hauke was frustrated with a less than optimal
proprietary software deployment program and determined to foster a better
solution. Hauke is a freelance computer engineer (Dipl.Ing (FH)) living in
Since 2002, he
has led the development and enhancements for the m23, with the help of members
of the OpenSource and Linux community members including Maren Hachmann, who is
a medical doctor and also serves as the m23 project translations and
In 2009, a big
leap was taken with the implementation of virtual m23 clients using VirtualBox.
Among the latest improvements of the m23 is the development of the HalfSister
extension, which makes installation of non-Debian based linux clients possible.
To test the m23 capabilities, a complete installed m23 server is available as a
downloadable >virtual machine for virtualbox.
You may also
wish to review the m23 project website for further information (in English and German), or join
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