Reproducibility, similarity and difference of objects is what pops up at some point of having to deal with plenty of those.
The problem only gets worse if these objects are compound, stateful and changing. What a sysadmin/devops guy has got to do if these objects are virtual machines or environments providing the actual service?..
This report is rethinking what's been told at LVEE conference three years ago during "mkimage-profiles: distributions macrame".
A long-time ALT Linux Team member (using Linux since 1998), co-organizer and participant of a few dozen conferences.
Reading and writing in a bunch of languages, mostly Make, Ruby, Scheme and Russian. Also a generalist working on problem domain junction areas. Non politically correct type.