Canonical’s Landscape is flawed.

Canon­i­cal, the com­pany behind Ubuntu, has announced a beta ver­sion of it’s new cen­tral­ized man­age­ment soft­ware called Land­scape. Land­scape is tar­geted at large scale deploy­ments of Ubuntu and since man­age­abil­ity mat­ters to me I was intrigued by the pos­si­bil­ity to con­sid­er­ably ease the admin­is­tra­tion of deployed Ubuntu sys­tems. Land­scape can do a lot of stuff such as pack­age and user man­age­ment, resource mon­i­tor­ing, process man­age­ment, hard­ware inven­tory and log analy­sis all across mul­ti­ple servers. Land­scape is avail­able for Canon­i­cal sup­port cus­tomers only — but their sup­port is extremely cheap.

There is one fun­da­men­tal flaw in Land­scape which stops me from even remotely con­sid­er­ing it — all man­age­ment is done through Canon­i­cals web­site! Every man­aged server has an agent or client installed that their web­site talks to. What the heck is Canon­i­cal think­ing ? It’s not that I dis­like Canon­i­cal or that I might be try­ing to insin­u­ate some­thing evil but I am of para­noid nature …

There is no way that I am going to dis­close infor­ma­tion about our servers to any third party ! Using Land­scape is the equiv­a­lent of hand­ing out the root pass­words of your machines to Canon­i­cal and that makes me very uncomfortable.

Do the right thing Canon­i­cal, give your clients the abil­ity of deploy­ing Land­scape inhouse. I don’t care if I have to pay extra.

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  • […] Canonical’s Land­scape is flawed. — Although Canonical’s Land­scape prod­uct does look really inter­est­ing for large Ubuntu deploy­ments, I’m also really uncom­fort­able with basi­cally hand­ing the keys over to Canonical. […]

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