OpenHPI is an open source, multiplatform and totally free command-line software aimed as a free implementation of the HPI (Hardware Platform Interface) system, which offers an abstracted interface for the management of computer hardware, especially rack- and chassis-based server machines.
Features at a glance
Key features include abstracted System Event Log interfaces, resource modeling, hardware alerts and events, access to sensor, watchdog and inventory data, control over watchdog, inventory data and sensor, as well as a managed hotswap interface.
In addition, the OpenHPI project features a modular mechanism for implementing support for new devices and hardware, and a powerful plugin architecture, which includes numerous plugins that offer access to several types of hardware.
Getting started with OpenHPI
To install the OpenHPI software on your GNU/Linux machine, you must first download the latest version from Softpedia or the official website (see link below), save the archive somewhere on your computer, extract its contents to disk, open a terminal emulator and use the ‘cd’ command to navigate to the location of the extracted archive files (e.g. cd /home/softpedia/openhpi-3.5.0).
Then, you must execute the ‘./configure && make’ command to configure/optimize and compile the program. Install it system wide and make it available to all users by running the ‘sudo make install’ command as a privileged user or the ‘make install’ command as root.
Under the hood and supported operating systems
The C++, C, C#, Java and Python programming languages have been used to craft the OpenHPI project, which is currently supported on any distribution of Linux, as well as on the Microsoft Windows and FreeBSD operating systems.
It is an application intended towards developers and the telecommunications industry. OpenHPI has been successfully tested on 32-bit and 64-bit computers, and English is the main language of the program.