FOG Project call for engagement

  • Senior Developer

    Dear FOG users and folks,

    as most of you know FOG is a community based project and needs people to thrive.

    Development has been slowing down a lot over the last year or two as there are not many developers actively working on it. We try to keep up with fixing bugs and make things work with new hardware and Linux versions coming up. But that’s not enough
    to push things forward much. For personal reasons I will have even less time to work on FOG and eventually will drop
    out all together.

    There are many different topics to work on: Web UI and services (PHP), installer (BASH scripts), fog-client (.NET C#), FOS kernel and inits (compiler and BASH scripts), documentation, …

    So if you enjoy using FOG you might think about joining in or finding people (in your university, business, …) who are keen to work on this project. Please get in touch with us!

    Cheers
    Sebastian

  • Senior Developer

    @jmeyer said in FOG Project call for engagement:

    What kind of documentation is needed ?

    We are working on moving all our documentation from the wiki to https://docs.fogproject.org/en/latest/ - lots of work to do. Help is highly appreciated.

    Is there still any plan to make a ready to use VM ?

    Not from my side because it would mean keeping another part up to date and support it in the forums. But if you are really keen and want to have a go, your call.


  • @sebastian-roth I am not good enough on coding to work on the project and work on something that already exist need time to understand the process before making any update (unless you need me to crash the OS during the setup ! lol).

    What kind of documentation is needed ?
    Is there still any plan to make a ready to use VM ?

  • Senior Developer

    @jmeyer See the initial post:

    There are many different topics to work on: Web UI and services (PHP), installer (BASH scripts), fog-client (.NET C#), FOS kernel and inits (compiler and BASH scripts), documentation, …


  • @sebastian-roth I am not sure if I can help. I am a beginnner in from of Thomas. And I am very busy between work and personnal life since few months but if it’s to build a data base of script for software, maybe I can help a bit, yet it will take time to make one and need reactivity to keep it update.

    What are the need in the project ?

  • Senior Developer

    @jmeyer said in FOG Project call for engagement:

    As i nearly don’t use FOG anymore at work, I think i’ll install my own server at home for making Windows install easier and faster on friends computers.

    Are you saying you are going to help us work on FOG?


  • @jmeyer
    We often ear that on FOG need many images for brand or model.
    But here we use only 1 image for each OS (Windows, Linux).
    And on postdownload scripts, we do all the others operations. For example wget of the WAPT Agent who is installed then by the Windows SetupComplete or Sysprep, personalize the sysprep in terms of this or that parameter.
    Idem for drivers, bitlocker etc.
    And our Windows image is only a fresh install of Windows 10, easy to update.

    Here the most worry is about Windows 11 and Secure Boot.


  • @wayne-workman What is missing is already packaged install script for drivers and apps (as WAPT for software). We have move to KACE at work just because we wanted to stop using two servers (not for the price ! lol).

    Most of colleagues used FOG with one image for each brand and each model and was deploying software with WAPT.

    If we could have integrate driver install from FOG, maybe we could have stay using it.

    I have worked a lot on my side to create an image that wasn’t link to any hardware installing drivers and most used apps after deploy (everything from samba share on the FOG server) but no one took time to look at it at my work. I end running only one image for 6 years making new one every 2 years for OS version update when colleagues had 5 or 6 images.

    As i nearly don’t use FOG anymore at work, I think i’ll install my own server at home for making Windows install easier and faster on friends computers.


  • @lemeunier said in FOG Project call for engagement:

    PS: j’ai la flemme de traduire ça en anglais…

    Pourtant, cela prend 3 s avec https://www.deepl.com/translator

    Hello Sebastian, Hello Tom

    First of all, I would like to salute your work which is very helpful for us on a regional scale (Hauts-de-France, France).
    The development of FogProject systems is unquestionably irreproachable and indispensable for large structures such as ours.

    Have you thought about switching to a business model geared towards professionals, like WAPT?
    We would be delighted to collaborate with you in this context, and this would allow you to recruit developers in a paid way.

    Best regards.

    (Ne compliquons pas la vie des développeurs)


  • Bonjour Sebastian, Bonjour Tom

    Tout d’abord, je tiens à saluer votre travail qui nous est salvateur à échelle régionale (Hauts-de-France, France).
    Le développement des systèmes FogProject est indiscutablement irréprochable et indispensable pour des grosses structures telles que les nôtres.

    Avez-vous pensé à passer à un modèle économique orienté vers les professionnels, comme WAPT.
    Nous serions ravis de pouvoir collaborer avec vous dans ce cadre, et cela vous permettrait de recruter des développeurs de manière rémunéré.

    Bien cordialement.

    PS: j’ai la flemme de traduire ça en anglais…


  • @sebastian-roth I’ll help whereever I can.

    I’m a jack-of-all-trades SysAdmin, can write tutorials/documentation, and do some simple bash scripting.

  • Testers

    @mechalas More help? Yes Please!


  • @sebastian-roth I’m not an expert on development, but i’m a multidisciplinary sysadmin, with php knowledges, currently I had made UI changes, system changes, and had on production my own not ended plugin (multihomed location, snapins from webserver, multicast not implemented) (really is based on yours location code), on my little bit big environment, at this moment i think a have time to donate where you think that is needed, I’ll be pleased to make a try, and if it’s convenient and possible make an enrollment… Thanks so much for your great work

  • Moderator

    @mechalas said in FOG Project call for engagement:

    I write technical documentation for a living. I can help out with some of the documentation work and am somewhat motivated to document the API.

    @developers @JJ-Fullmer


  • I write technical documentation for a living. I can help out with some of the documentation work and am somewhat motivated to document the API.


  • @sebastian-roth said in FOG Project call for engagement:

    might think about joining in or finding people (in your university, busin

    Hello everyone,

    Yes, I would like to engage in this project by developing or what else it is necessary for continuing this project.
    I will post a message for the community at the college.

    Thank you and have a good day.
    Rodrigo

  • Senior Developer

    @wayne-workman said in FOG Project call for engagement:

    For the exact OSs graph, only the top 20 are shown. I can change it to show more, but the graph bars will start getting really thin.

    Ah, good to know. I think the top 20 will do.


  • @sebastian-roth said in FOG Project call for engagement:

    Interesting we don’t see any 21.04 in the install reporting yet. At least two have posted in the forums so far.

    For the exact OSs graph, only the top 20 are shown. I can change it to show more, but the graph bars will start getting really thin.

  • Senior Developer

    @wayne-workman said in FOG Project call for engagement:

    I can step up on the installer scripts. That’s where my skills most align. I’ve dabbled in this area a lot already, and have the automated tests around this.

    Great. Thanks for taking action. Tom just fixed an issue to allow for install on Ubuntu 21.04. Interesting we don’t see any 21.04 in the install reporting yet. At least two have posted in the forums so far. Don’t think there is a pending issue to be fixed right now but it will come I am sure.


  • I can step up on the installer scripts. That’s where my skills most align. I’ve dabbled in this area a lot already, and have the automated tests around this.

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