Viper is a system for completely automated installation and configuration of Debian GNU/Linux-based systems. It uses a modern approach with debian-installer and puppet, works with existing Debian packages, and does not require any custom patching of either install media, client, or server. The basis of the whole system is an LDAP server containing all configuration data.
Various aspects of GPL and Free Software
Free Software is simply a philosophy that a group of people
feels comfortable with, uses its goods and possibly
also contributes back to the project (in whatever way).
free software doesnt force anyone to do anything, it's solely
based on per-user decision and his individual oppinion about it.
Attack on free software and GPL is actually an attack
against sanity and aimed at a growing group of people who don't "behave" as some unimportant looser thinks they should, and is regulary guided by some selfish and non-human reasons (profit, gain or control).
It is absurd that someone is trying to force people to do anything.
Imagine a stranger walking over to you and saying
"from now on, you will do what I tell you and I am ready to
put pressure on you". You'd most probably report him to the
police or leave him in such a bad physical state that he couldn't
really put pressure on anything.
the market is open for companies that produce *solutions* based on free software.
1) employed people will get paid for their services/products and support
2) they will btw add more features, modify or write new software and give it for free (of charge)
3) just as now we have large tech support centres (microsoft, Sun... whatever), the same way
will those companies provide support in their area.
4) its stupid to talk about charging free software.
Anyone technically capable and *privately* interested in making software can decide
what license will it be relased under.And most people who do GPL and free software
do it because they like the philosophy (open, free...) and power of such software.