M23 14.1

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M23, Deploy and manage your Linux clients with m23 using your web browser.

Updated by hhabermann on Saturday, February 1, 2014.
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M23 is an open source software deployment tool which can install and administer clients with Debian, (K/X)Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Fedora, OpenSuse and CentOS via network. m23 is controlled via the webbrowser of your choice. The installation of a new client is accomplished in only three steps, integrating existing clients is also possible. Group functions and mass installation tools simplify the management of a large number of clients. After the initial setup, m23 can help with an administrator's daily work by making updates and installing new packages on single clients as well as on whole groups of clients. The integrated client and server backup protects you from losing data. By use of virtualisation, virtual m23 clients can be set up on the m23 server as well as on m23 clients which will then be managed by m23. You can create scripts and meta software packages directly from the m23 user interface. The halfSister extension allows experienced administrators to integrate other Linux distributions into the list of supported client operating systems. NFS, RAID and LDAP are supported. Different graphical interfaces or text mode can be selected for the client. Available as ISO (for x86 and for Raspberry Pi), deb and virtual machine.

Platforms: x86
Requirements: Network; Server or other computer

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Adding a new client.
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Partitioning and formating of a client.
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Installation of additional software.
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Select value generation method for mass installation.
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Clients overview.

Latest releases :

14.1 [Stable]
February 1, 2014
The latest m23 release focuses on two main new features: For one, on support for Apache CloudStack® and on the other hand on the extended options to clone machines.Also, several minor and major improvements and bugfixes have been made. For example, the package search is now a lot faster than it was before and X2Go can already be installed during the primary setup of a client.For more information, please read the release announcement on the m23 website:http://m23.sourceforge.net/PostNuke-0.750/html/index.php?id=1000000454
13.2 [Stable]
In version rock 13.2, m23 comes with full support for Debian 7 Wheezy - for server, clients and network bootimages. Linux Mint 15 clients can now be integrated, a new solution strategy for problems with external (non-m23) DHCP servers has been added, the client job handling was sped up, package selections can be saved in an external file for easier transfer, SSL verification can be deactivated, the development guide was updated and extended, and the ground was prepared for integration of non-deb-based systems.Full article on changes can be found at http://m23.sourceforge.net/PostNuke-0.750/html/index.php?id=1000000438 .
13.1 [Stable]
This time, there are a lot of visible changes in the new version m23 rock 13.1, which is ready just in time for the LinuxTag in Berlin: with "Fresh Blue" there is now a new theme for the m23 web interface and on the client side, Linux Mint 13 with its desktops Mate and Cinnamon was added.And if this isn't already a reason to try / update m23, there are of course still a whole lot of other changes and improvements, including the option to install the m23 server on a Raspberry Pi or a new kernel including additional drivers.
12.3 [Stable]
With m23's new version 12.3 rock, you can now also install and administer Ubuntu 12.04 LTS. It contains different desktop environments which should suit everyone's taste. Ubuntu's new standard desktop environment Unity is included in its 3D and 2D variants. Those who do not like Unity, can choose between a classical Gnome environment (which is optically based on Gnome 2), Xfce, KDE (now with a brighter theme), LXDE or the pure text mode. The new login manager LightDM accompanies the list of new desktop environments .In addition to the main feature Ubuntu, there are many changes and improvements: The first thing to notice is the output of the m23 client monitor in the client's realtime status of the web interface implemented with AJAX. This way, administrators can always keep their clients in view, even without using an SSH direct connection. When adding a new client, m23 now automatically suggests an unused IP address. For German-speaking administrators (or all those who would like to become one), there is now the integrated BAfH daily excuse, that conjurs a new, humourous excuse into your web browser every day, which provides a plausible and absolutely logical reason, why the user's problem (unfortunately, regrettably) cannot be solved right now. Besides this really useful (and possibly life saving) tool, a simple calculator has also found its way into the interface.The internal, VirtualBox-based virtualisation of m23 was improved massively: Now the newer VirtualBox 4.x (as it is contained in Ubuntu 12.04 LTS) can be used as a basis and for the first time, the hardware acceleration (PAE, NX and "Nested Paging") of the processor is used (if available), to install 64-bit operating systems or to allow the operation of virtual guests in virtual machines. In a graphical VNC session, the restart (e.g. when restituting a client) or the shutdown of a virtual client work now. The boot method is now changed automatically after the installation of the operating system is finished, for example from network boot to boot from a virtual harddrive.For use with other virtualisation solutions like KVM, the script VirtualBox-networking-setup.sh (which was originally created for use with VirtualBox) for the creation of network bridges was modified to be able to run in Ubuntu 12.04.The m23-xorg-configurator for the setup of the graphic card was upgraded by the ability to run in Ubuntu 12.04, this ability also has benefits for other distros. New upstart scripts ensure that the m23-xorg-configurator is executed before the login manager and that no X11 session is running. Otherwise, problems with the detection and recognition of the hardware could occur. A correction now makes sure that the configuration made by XOrg is found in the correct directory.Some details of the m23 interface and behind the scenes were improved to accelerate and facilitate your work processes.The new version is available as update via the m23 interface, via APT, as ISO to burn the m23 server installation CD/DVD or as preinstalled virtual machine (the last two can be found in the Download menu).

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