Monday, June 14, 2010

WebYaST at Linuxtag 2010

LinuxTag - June 9-12, 2010

Gentoo, CentOS, Mandriva...

This year I took part of the LinuxTag event in Berlin. It is the biggest Linux and Open Source event in Germany and probably in Europe. See more details here.


There were many booths at the event, every major distribution like openSUSE, Gentoo, Ubuntu... had a booth were users could try the latest version and talk with the developers.

... and of course openSUSE!

And you could also meet people from interesting projects like KDE, FFmpeg, XBMC and so on. I found interesting the demos which showed Linux in embedded devices or there were even robots running Linux.


I hadn't much time to visit the presentations but I visited a presentation about Communtu, which is a web server where you can build your customized DVD Ubuntu image. You can add a software bundle which is not included in Ubuntu by default. So you don't have to search for additional repositories and install packages from them.

Embedded Linux: here you could
see Linux running in various

It's somewhat similar to SUSE Studio, but with less features and targeted to Ubuntu users.


I had a talk about WebYaST which a new web based remote management for Linux.
It's a an open source project and it's a successor of YaST.

The main difference between YaST and WebYaST is that WebYaST is a web application in contrast to YaST which is a standard desktop application. WebYaST is accessed via a web browser.

Another difference is that WebYaST supports access control, so you don't have to use the root account for managing the remote machine, you can use any regular user provided the he/she has the access right granted via PolicyKit.

In WebYaST we try reusing the existing code from YaST if possible, but we want to have the YaST dependency as small as possible so for example installing patches is done via PackageKit.

You can find more details in the slides which I made available online using service or at the main WebYaST wikipage.

I thought that there could have been more attendees in my talk, but the hall was really big and even relatively big group of people seemed small there. Anyway, the presentation was successful in my opinion and I hope I spread a word about WebYaST...

If you visited my presentation and have a comment about it please write it below. Thank you for any feedback!

1 comment:

jospoortvliet said...

Dude! This sounds pretty cool, having a way to remotely configure a system through yast in a browser. It does feel like it sucks to have to write everything again, doesn't yast allow for these UI plugins or something? Like it can have a qt, gtk or commandline interface, wouldn't a web interface be nice too?

What also seems wicked is to just run the Qt interface in a browser:

but that won't support IE5 anytime soon ;-)