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Russ Allbery
Day DebConf Day 3 (2010-08-03)
Room Interschool Lab
Start time 14:00
Duration 01:00
ID 578
Event type lecture
Track Enterprise
Language en

Using Debian for Enterprise Infrastructure

Stanford University: A Case Study

A discussion of Debian as the server platform of choice for enterprise-wide infrastructure, using Stanford University as a case study. Topics covered will include packaging and package modification for site-specific needs, challenges in packaging software for local deployment, repository management and local documentation issues, and ways that Debian can better support this use case.

Stanford University has used Debian as its preferred operating system for all central campus UNIX infrastructure since migrating from Solaris to Debian sarge, currently with only a few rare exceptions. This includes authentication infrastructure (Kerberos, WebAuth, Shibboleth), directory services (OpenLDAP), network file systems (AFS), and most of the mail system (Postfix, Cyrus IMAP), as well as many other services both developed at Stanford and developed elsewhere.

This talk will discuss the advantages and challenges for Debian as the underlying operating system, packaging environment, and distribution for this use case, using Stanford University as a case study. Discussion will include the challenges of training staff on packaging, requirements around packaging software for local deployment, the frequency of package forking for local needs, the infrastructure required to maintain a layer of local packages and forks on top of Debian, and some discussion of the places where Debian could do better.