The top honor in my top five tools list goes to Cfengine, written by Mark Burgess. Cfengine is a wonderful tool for configuring and maintaining Unix
computer systems. Cfengine is a stand-alone tool (set of tools), which administers and configures computers according to the instructions in its
configuration files. The configuration files describe the desired characteristics of various system components using a high-level language that is
easy to learn and use (and involves no programming). In this way, Cfengine can automatically bring one or a large number of systems into line with
each one's individually defined configuration specifications. It can also make sure they stay that way by monitoring them and correcting them as
needed on an ongoing basis.
June 3, 2003