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Name: Will Partain
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Working on the Arusha Project; blurb:

The Arusha Project (ARK) seeks to provide a framework and/or tools for collaborative system administration of multi-platform Unix sites with many dozens of machines.

`Motivations' and `key ideas' are probably the best starting points.

Keen to accumulate some project `uncles' (or `aunts'?) -- experienced people who will listen in on the ark-dev mailing list and provide the odd bit of guidance (``Um, don't do that...'' ``OK, now generalize...'')...

Avuncular Python/XML gurus particularly welcome.

Used to work on the Glasgow Haskell Compiler -- lazy functional programming (yum yum)...

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Checked in another tranche of Arusha code (blurb above), which brings a major goal much closer.

The goal is that all sysadmin ``added value'' about software installations (and, well, everything else, too :-) can be expressed in `packages' -- and that ``added value'' can be shared with other `teams' of sysadmins around the universe.

In particular, not only can a software install (e.g. tcp wrappers) be expressed as a package -- hardly a new idea -- but the configuration for said software can also be a package. Not only can fellow sysadmins elsewhere use the same software, but they can pick up on my install procedure and/or my local configuration by ``inheriting'' my relevant packages. (The Arusha Project brings a kind of object orientation to Unix sysadmin.)

Anyway, it's starting to work! See note above about project `uncles' (and `aunts') :-)

 

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