Deep freeze for linux
robert-5LEc/6Zm6xCUd8a0hrldnti2O/JbrIOy at public.gmane.org
Tue Jul 15 21:31:04 UTC 2008
On Mon, 14 Jul 2008, Tyler Aviss wrote:
> I really do wonder who would use this...
> I can't really see much use for it in a proper permissions-secure environment.
IMHO there are better ways of dealing with system management like not
giving users root access in the first place.
Developers can have root on their dev boxes of course - but the idea of
developing on the same box you use to access the 'net (generally your
workstation) has always struck me as counter-productive. You want your
access to the net to be rock solid - exactly what a dev box isn't. With
near univeral access to the network and virtualisation technologies there
is no need to tie development to the box you happen to be physically near.
Where I work now I have setup a virtual dev environment (using OpenVZ) so
developers can have a new dev box shortly after asking for it, and they
can work from the office, home or elsewhere over the VPN. No problem.
Like a lot of other commercial products DeepFreezeLinux strikes me as an
MS-Windows focused tool which has been ported to Linux. Some might find
it useful but it isn't for me.
A lot of the time people use Linux on the desktop the way they use
MS-Windows. The Linux approach is alot more flexible than that (and to
give it some credit, MS-Win has caught up a little bit in recent years).
I can ssh in to dozens of boxes transparently from my thin client.
Thus my computing environment becomes a network rather than a computer.
Future OSes are going to move even further in this direction but what we
can do now is pretty good. Even carrying a laptop within a city will be a
thing of the past one day. As time goes on the range in which this is
feasible will continue to grow.
Yeah I went off on a tangent a bit but all too often I feel that the
limitation on using computers is a lack of imagination.
 ie, without entering a password or passphrase, thanks to ssh-agent.
"With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine..."
-- RFC 1925 "The Twelve Networking Truths"
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