Gears is a software system that allows the network deployment of operating systems.
Gears came about from needing a way of provisioning new machines with the appropriate operating system and its desired settings, while reducing the attended time required during an installation. Many of the systems that are currently available do not cater for the smaller environment or remain very unpolished.
Gears provides an easy-to-use interface that will manage and provision machines on a network with a new operating system. The idea is to simplify the process while still allowing it to be powerful enough for a wide range of applications.
Currently Gears is in the development process, but is already able to provision Linux based machines with a wide range of settings (host-names, passwords, users etc.), allowing the user to “set and forget” the deployment of a new operating system.
Gears is the software realisation of the unpublished paper entitled “Automated Provisioning of PXE Enabled Machines”.