Clockwork is Free Software, with a capital F.
Because it's the right thing to do, both for IT and the software itself.
Configuration Management is not new; people have been writing ad-hoc scripts in Perl and shell for as long as their has been more than one platform in the data center. Formal tools like Clockwork aren't even groundbreaking anymore; CFEngine and Puppet have been around for years.
Tools like Clockwork need to be put in the hands of as many System Administrators and Engineers as possible. It is one of the only ways we will be able to advance the state of the art in systems management and stop trying to solve the same problems over and over again.
From a purely selfish standpoint, I want Clockwork to succeed. I think the software has great potential, but to take it to the next level, Clockwork needs a community.
Clockwork needs system administrators to use it. Clockwork needs people to advocate its use. Clockwork needs large implementations to prove itself.
By making it freely available—in a very real sense—the barriers to implementation are lowered. Hobbyists and professionals alike can install it on their home networks (you all have home networks, right?) and take it for a spin. Corporate IT departments can implement without having to worry about the bean-counters.
The bottom line is simple:
more users = better software = more users = better software …
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