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Please bring SCPM back to Suse

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openSUSE-11.4
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Description

SCPM is one of the major components (among others) for why I prefer to use Suse over other distros. I use SCPM for changing many configuration values for hardware and software cleanly, through one tool, instead of dozens, between when plugged into very different docking stations between work and home, when at home undocked, when roaming at coffee shops, when locked down for work or client sites, when broadcasting live shows at various locations, or when setting up different hardware profiles with different components connected and keeping the configuration consistent for that profile, printers, firewall rules, etc.

Networkmanager only handles the networking aspect (and poorly at that, especially for devices that require using if-up mode, and not network manager (driver bugs)). Other tools only handle the configuration values for their own domains of responsibilty, and do not keep a single profile with all the many variables, easily in one place, and easily switched either on the fly or at boot time.
This tool has been a huge boon to being far more productive over other distros.

Please consider adding this back to 11.3, and keeping it for future releases.

I am even willing to become a maintainer for this package if no one more qualified steps up to do so.
I will try the information for the 11.2 repo kludge, but please advise on how the suse decision makers can be encouraged to bring scpm back.

Thanks!

User benefit:

The wonderful flexibility of so many variables being able to be easily tracked on the fly from one utility is extremely valuable for mobile use.
Networkmanager only handles the networking aspect (and poorly at that, especially for devices that require using if-up mode, and not network manager (driver bugs)). Other tools only handle the configuration values for their own domains of responsibilty, and do not keep a single profile with all the many variables, easily in one place, and easily switched either on the fly or at boot time.
This tool has been a huge boon to being far more productive over other distros.
Without SCPM support, Suse becomes that much more "just another same/similiar Linux distro", and looses another distinctive benefit over other distros for me, and for all my clients.

Usecase

Mobile user (laptop, portable device, or full PC that is moved to different locations) with one kind of docking station or port replicator at home, and a completely different docking-station or port replicator at work, beign able to easily switch all the hardware, network, firewall, monitor(s), printers, and other software and hardware values at boot time between home and work.

Mobile user that has very different security settings and hardware settings between home setup, work setup, and different clients when on-site. variables include network, firewall, antivirus, fileshares, sound cards, external video cards, monitor(s), printers, virtual machine configurations, DNS, hosts files, email server settings, sshd settings, ftpd settings, the list of variables served through one profile tool is extremely extensive.

Discussion


icons/user_comment.png A. R. wrote: (3 years ago)

From my side, OpenSUSE should have SCPM!

For example, I use it on my laptop to change Home, Work, Customer, Public environments (network config, network services, system settings)

Crasy peoples who have removed SCPM from OpenSUSE. You will see later, that MS will include  feature like this.

Unfortunatelly, most open-source desktop project has no p, li { white-space: pre-wraintelligent architects and developing trends

icons/user_comment.png D. P. wrote: (3 years ago)

Same need : at home, my computer acts as a server, and at work as a client, SCPM was very handy to handle that.

icons/user_comment.png L. L. wrote: (4 months ago)

Hi,
Not sure about the best way to reopen this feature.
I've just switched from 11.2 to 13.1. 13.1 still has an scpm package, but no sumf, and no yast module. I could download and install the sumf package for 12.3, but it has no documentation, and editing by hand the XML config is challenging, to say the least.
Moreover the init.d/boot.scpm script seems not to be executed at boot (although it's marked as "B" in yast/runlevels): I added a "logger" line in it, but nothing shows up in /var/log/messages .

Like others explained, SCPM is irreplaceable. Please add it back to openSUSE.

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