LinuxCOE is a powerful set of tools recently open sourced by Hewlett Packard including
- A CGI-based network install image generator (System Designer)
- A profile manager to store custom install images
- A retrofit process to configure machines to use LinuxCOE processes for patch and package management
What is LinuxCOE System Designer?
Well according to HP’s SourceForge.net page
” LinuxCOE System Designer is a CGI-based web application that allows a user to create localized network boot images.”
What it actually does is allow you to create custom ISO files that you can use to do things like a hands free install or customize the optional packages that are installed or to perform a network install.
Instalinux has a great setup on their LinuxCOE System Designer site here
or if you’re feeling extra ambitious you can install the LinuxCOE System Designer yourself. Get it from SourceForge here
It’s a great way to get new users into linux and show them that it can be as easy to install and use as Windows.