Open Source Infrastructure

I am looking at putting up an infrastructure for open source products. I would like to understand how I can setup a distributed set of servers that can actually mirror various open source products from the internet and in turn use this infra for provisioning OSS internally to the enterprise.

What are the management tools to be used. What are the security and licensing constraints to be taken into account. I know some universities have this setup, but I have not been able to get a detailed approach in terms of schematics and diagram on how these are setup or implemented.
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Jian An LimSolutions ArchitectCommented:
I am trying to think of what you are doing.
What OS system are you want?
Linux or Windows?

I need more information to understand what you want to achieve exactly.

There is suse studio that can customise exactly what you want to deploy

let me know whether is this what you want?

for windows, that will become like SCCM based

Very strange question i would say.
Do you use firefox or chrome?
rdodderiAuthor Commented:
Thanks limjianan. I believe your references to the SUSE tools were helpful. Very similar to SCCM which addresses windows distribution, I am looking at open source, for both Windows and Unix platforms.

The idea is to have a repository in house which in turn is mirrored to any Global repository on the internet. The in house repository clubbed with a distribution mechanism to deliver OSS to the end users. We have had some success with SCCM's Software center capability but packaging OSS for SCCM is a challenging task.

Our corporate internet policies does not allow direct download of the Software to end users.

Essentially we are looking at an in house OSS Repo where selected OSS can be acquired by end users and/or distributed by the system. This central environment will be managed by a central IT team.
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How do you distribute windows software? You can fit any opensource software in there, it is no different from e.g. powerpoint.
Repositories like spacewalk etc are for linux machines.
Jian An LimSolutions ArchitectCommented:
I have a few thoughts about this.

I used to have RADIA software deployment client (they changed name to HP Client Automation Software)
that support linux and windows based software.

I also thinking about Mirror and caching, for sourceforge or (I am australia based so thinking about these website)

But End of the day, you are enterprise Level. you can't simply allow any software to come in without your approval. you need to have control on what software comes in and make sure corporate policy allow install 3rd party software. (trust me, most of them only allow for home use FREE, but not allow for commercial use). So in this case, they should not even install those software if no one vet through all the licensing criteria.

SCCM can install EXE file (

SO it is easier.

Further, you need to make sure those software update when it has the latest update. You need to make sure all the application you install in your environment do not break other business application as well. this is only up to your as a IT team to make sure. IT require alot to build that process and methodology.

just my 2 cent and let me know if you have any questions

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rdodderiAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the tips, gave me couple of ideas. However we would rather want the packaged/build ready files to be mirrored rather than build them which the SUSE solution is about.
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