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Systems Configuration, Installation, and Replication Environment
The Scire project aims to create a widely extensible common portal for
administrative tasks for multiple Linux client machines. Common tasks will
include updating software, installing software, customizing configuration
files, and running scripts.
The goal of Scire is to make administration of massive networks of Linux
machines easy on administrators. It will be extremely modular so as to
allow users to create modules that extend its functionality. This project
is closely tied to the Gentoo Linux Installer project since it shares many
The Scire project is actively seeking developers for help on this project!
2008-01-02: New Year, New Plan
After doing very little for many months, a new attempt has been made to revive
this project. The original python XMLRPC client/server model is being replaced
with a perl SSH-based cleint/server. This resolves some of the drawbacks of the
previous model that we didn't like, mainly that it was a pain and not fun to work
with. More info will be posted later when this project gets closer to an alpha
2007-05-21: Making some progress
Now that the 2007.0 release has occurred, Andrew and I are finally able to
devote some more time to SCIRE. Some progress has been made in recent weeks.
The permissions system is being fleshed out and new permissions are being thrown
in all over the UI. This will allow finely-grained control over which users
can do which things in the UI. Also, the database class has been modified to
use ADOdb's library, allowing SCIRE to work with a multitude of databases
instead of being locked into mysql. This was always the plan, but coding for
mysql was a nice way to get the project rolling early on. Many thanks to blackace
for the original mysql DB class.
2007-02-18: Project in temporary hibernation
Seeing how it has been ages since the last real update, I bet many
are wondering what is going on with this project. The answer is that
both leads are also the only developers of the Gentoo Linux Installer.
This is a long-existing project that has recently undergone a large
overhaul to improve stability. GLI also requires us to make release
deadlines. As such, we have been unable to work on SCIRE for the last
few months because of a rush to get a new branch of the installer
Rest assured that this project is not "dead" and that we will get
back to work on it as soon as possible. Andrew Gaffney has made
great progress on Quickstart, an automated gentoo installer written
to run in a netboot image. This will be used by SCIRE instead
of the existing plan of using the netfe/be of GLI.
2006-12-10: Jobs being run!
Thought I'd over a status report of the progress over the past couple weeks.
I have been picking away slowly but surely at the script and job pages.
I have gotten the script library functional enough to add scripts.
I have gotten the job addition page functional enough to use those
scripts and create simple non-recurring jobs.
I set up a vmware machine and launched the scire server and then
client on that vmware machine, pointing the server's DB at my main
The client registered itself and put itself as Pending.
I used the UI to accept the client and assign permissions to it and
then create a job for it.
I then ran the scire client program again and the jobs were retrieved
and ran successfully, reporting their results into the job_history
Things are still quite rough and many aspects are not implemented or
tested yet on either the UI or the backend. Also the permissions
structure is not yet being enforced in the UI (makes it easier to
develop stuff). Overall, however, I am happy with the recent
progress. Hopefully we can get most of the core operational by the
2006-11-13: Scire development status
It has been quite some time since there was any progress made on
Scire. This is due to many factors, but mainly because the developers
working on it are busy with other projects or real life work.
We lost our SoC dev mdisney to school, but he will hopefully resurface
soon. Andrew is working with me on a much-needed overhaul of GLI. He
is also the x86 release lead, so we will lose some of his upcoming
time to that.
All that being said, the project is not dead!! It just isn't coming
along as quickly as we had hoped.
Areas currently needing work are job creation/management/reporting and
the scrpt library. Parts of these components are still really in the
design phase, so any/all help is appreciated.
2006-10-16: Announcing Quickstart!
Today Andrew Gaffney (agaffney) has announced to the world a new
project called Quickstart. This is an entire rewrite of the Gentoo
Linux Installer in POSIX-compliant sh. This allows Quickstart to
fit in netboot images and run in busybox. The goal was to create
something more like what the installer was *supposed* to be.
Quickstart is meant to be closer to Kickstart or Jumpstart (do you
see a pattern with the name? :P) than GLI or other single user
installers. Quickstart uses an installation profile (which is
It has been designed to be extremely flexible in that every step of
the installation has pre/post hooks and can even be overwritten
entirely in the profile!
2006-07-05: A Long-overdue update
The Scire project is moving along quite nicely despite some setbacks
from disagreements on the implementation of various componenets of
the system. The UI is progressing slowly but surely, and the backend
is able to connect and authenticate from client to server. There is
still TONS left to do but at least it's a start.
We have been blessed this summer with the addition of Matt Disney, a
Google Summer of Code student, who will be working on the project and
hopefully getting the backend operational by the end of the summer.
2006-04-30: Project page created
The Scire project has been in the design phase for the last few months
so it's time we made our project page.
A working requirements document is in progress and viewable
||Lead ( Project co-lead )
All developers can be reached by e-mail using firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other resources or documentation in progress
These links are likely very old. See the wiki (top link) for what is likely to be the more current version
How to find us
In the usual spirt of Gentoo, our development is very open and we invite you
to watch/idle/lurk or even participate. You can join our mailing list by
sending an email to email@example.com, or find us on
irc.freenode.net at #gentoo-scire.
Meeting logs and summaries
Summaries of each meeting called will be available here, along with raw logs
for public viewing.