"Configuration Management tools work by changing the
state of the system. The goal is to get a system from whatever
state it is in, into the desired state. The state of a system is
mostly described by all the configuration files in the file system,
and by the programs and processes that are running.
"The software featured in this article are declarative
configuration management system. Here the system administrator
decides what state the system is to be in, and a runtime pushes the
system into that state.
"To provide an insight into the quality of software that is
available, we have compiled a list of 7 high quality Linux
Configuration Management tools. Hopefully, there will be something
of interest for any organisation that wants to streamline their
"Now, let's explore the 7 Configuration Management tools at
hand. For each title we have compiled its own portal page, a full
description with an in-depth analysis of its features, together
with links to relevant resources and reviews."