"Red Hat and its many clones and offspring, like Fedora, CentOS,
White Box Linux, and so forth have long had a simple built-in
mechanism for cloning installations on diverse hardware: Kickstart.
With Kickstart you can easily create a customized configuration,
set up an installation server, plug a new PC into the network, and
perform an unattended network installation. SUSE has AutoYaST.
Debian users have not been so fortunate. FAI, the Fully-Automated
Installer, works beautifully when it's set up correctly. But
learning to use FAI is not so easy.
"Of course the Linux world does not stand still. The shiny new
Debian Sarge installer introduced a new feature called