opsi software distribution now does licence management
uib GmbH has released version 3.4 of the open source software distribution system opsi (Open PC Server Integration). The biggest new feature is a licence management module which is able to deal with different licence types and compare administered licences with actual installed licences. Localisations into French, Spanish and Turkish have also been added.
opsi manages operating system installation, software distribution and patch management on Windows clients (Windows 2000, XP and 2003) from Linux servers. The software is free, but new modules produced by uib GmbH are charged for until the company's development costs have been recovered. Currently both the new licence management module and the module for managing Windows 7 and Vista clients are charged for. According to the vendor, 70 per cent of development costs for the Windows 7 and Vista clients have already been recovered. When the development costs have been covered, the code then joins the rest of the opsi GPLv2 licensed code.