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Portrait: Linux System Management Tool

Filed under: General — Andy @ 3:13 pm

So, over the past year or so, I’ve been working on a project I’m calling Portrait. It’s [going to be] a piece of open-source software system administrators can use to manage Linux computers. Unfortunately, there’s still a fair amount of work to be done on Portrait, because my free time is pretty sparse. I’d also like to launch a hosted version of Portrait, which people can use if they don’t want to deal with setting up and maintaining a copy of the software. To help get both of those things moving, I’ve set up a Kickstarter project, titled simply Portrait: Linux System Management Tool to raise funds to let me work on Portrait over the summer and set up a hosted version that people can use.

Most of my readers won’t personally have any use for a Linux system management tool, but if you happen to know anyone you think might find it useful, I’ll ask you to please pass the Kickstarter project along to them. If you’re interested yourself, please head on over to the Kickstarter project page, where I’ve put much more information on exactly what Portrait will do.

Andy Schmitz


  1. Hi Andy,

    I found a link to your kickstarter project from a post you made on the ubuntu forum.

    I’m also looking at possibly building a solution to this land scape issue for patching our server park.

    On the kick starter site you posted an update stating that you had received an internship and so would not be working on Portrait any further this summer.

    As you intended to release the project as opensource under the GPL, why do you not post up the code which you have already written for review? I would most certinaly be interested in it.

    Kind Regards,

    Comment by Jamie Mack — 7/29/2011 @ 5:08 am

  2. Hi Jamie,

    That’s a good suggestion. Unfortunately, my code at the moment is written in a number of different languages, and not particularly useful to most people in the current form. I do have a goal of cleaning it up and getting things to a usable point for more people, but I’d prefer to avoid releasing something that’s mostly a confusing set of different languages, hard-coded paths, and so forth. On the other hand, if you’d like to email me (andy dot schmitz at gmail dot com), I can certainly try to explain what I’ve found and been able to work with in terms of communication with Landscape.

    As it is, Portrait is something that I’d like to at least slowly advance, so it’s something I expect to be working with in my spare time at school. It’s possible that a proper initial release will in fact be available within the next few months.

    Andy Schmitz

    Comment by Andy — 7/30/2011 @ 4:21 pm

  3. Hi,

    I noticed that last year May you cancelled this project, is it still on the table?



    Comment by Andrew — 11/18/2012 @ 8:39 pm

  4. Is there anything still going on with Portrait? Would be really cool if you’d be able to get this ready for use 🙂


    Comment by Paul — 2/5/2013 @ 2:21 pm

  5. Andrew and Paul: Unfortunately, I’ve been busy enough with my other projects to not really have time to get Portrait to a better state. I’m currently mostly stuck on finding a good backend for storing historical data. RRDtool seemed to be the popular option for a while, and Graphite seems to be becoming more popular, but it’s unfortunately pretty painful to set up. If anybody has ideas about other potential backends, they’d undoubtedly be useful.

    Comment by Andy — 3/3/2013 @ 8:03 pm

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