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A Very Pretty Nova Image credit to NASA

What is Nova?

Nova is a way to set up software on computers in a definite and consistant process. Its goals are to be cross-platform compatible, easy to use and understand, and powerful.

Great! How do I get started?

It's not ready yet. It's still early in development, and there are a few things that need tweaking. As of right now, it's 100% documented, and completely written in Ruby. I have marked things that need to be done with a @todo tag. Go check it out if you want. There are a few things I plan on adding to Nova before I release it.


I came up with Nova as a name because I couldn't think of anything better. Turns out, it actually fits. The code to set up a piece of software is called a Star, a server with stars is called a Cluster, and (if applicable) the server to manage Clusters is called a Nucleus (or Axis, I haven't made up my mind which).


Nova is licensed under the MIT License, which can be found here.

@TODO: note benefit of installing posix-spawn when using local remote.

(note: in order to work with libsodium, the location of the library needs to be added to LD_LIBRARY_PATH)