RFC for Smolt features

Stephen John Smoogen smooge at gmail.com
Thu Dec 13 23:58:28 UTC 2007

On Dec 12, 2007 10:29 PM, Yaakov Nemoy <loupgaroublond at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Dec 13, 2007 12:24 AM, Stephen John Smoogen <smooge at gmail.com> wrote:
> > Why is it called Smoon and sometimes Smolt.. did I miss the memo? In
> > all actuallity I think having the privacy policy is a good thing. I
> > will try to read through this a bit more when I am more awake.
> Smoon is the server.  Smolt is the program and the client.
> You could always claim we named it after you ;)

Ah that would be nice...

What I would like is a better plugin system into the smolt and smoon
server. There are a ton of privacy concerns that come up everytime
this project comes up with "who has the data", "I want to be counted
by why the hell do you need to know my CPU unless I am filling in a
bug report", etc.. While some of these people do were tin (not
Aluminum) hats, there are people who do have legitimate reasons for
the questions (I just tend to forget them.)

So here is what I would like to see smolt/smoon do.

1) Smolt by itself collects a certain amount of data that is known,
documented and clear. It is the minimum amount of data that would help
the various distros and desktops to get sample data.
2) Smolt allows for seperate packages to be installed that collect
additional data. This would allow for a disk-layout plugin, a
deep-hardware plugin, a group plugin etc to be written and used by the
people who need it or want to share it, etc. It would allow for
someone to write an Selinux audit plugin that might be useful for a
particular site but not something you would want to have enabled or
pushed out from the central Smolt servers.

Stephen J Smoogen. -- CSIRT/Linux System Administrator
How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed
in a naughty world. = Shakespeare. "The Merchant of Venice"

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