I've discovered a number of open source tools over the years which have become an essential part of my personal workflow & productivity in my current day job (project manager / business analyst). I can often move from company-to-company and even account/machine (and OS too) and want to get up and running with the minimum of fuss.
What I'm trying to combine:
- config files
- other misc. files (e.g. fonts)
However, by necessity, I am often behind corporate firewalls and restrictive IT policies which make it time-consuming to get internal license approvals for each tool, download each of the tools individually, keep them up-to-date, blocked external package repos, maintaining & building-upon the associated configuration files over time...
Docker is the obvious solution here, but...
... it is often blocked by these same IT policies, as are its alternatives.
What I've tried
Using a GitHub repository, I've since settled on building/installing everything locally, making it 'portable' (using batch scripts, symlinks and a number of config file tweaks) and then uploading.
Drawbacks of this approach include: the complexity, difficulty maintaining this cross-platform (currently windows-only), working around applications installed via git-clone, working around quirks of 'portable' versions of runtime dependencies like Python, github 50mb single file-size limits...
Another possible approach I considered
Using continuous integration (like Travis-CI and AppVeyor), my main concern here is that I've not actually 'built' some of the apps I use (e.g. emacs-w64, which I download the pre-built binaries for) so wondering if this will just add more complexity than my current solution ... and since Travis-CI doesn't support windows it adds an additional dependency, as well as the overhead of learning the continuous integration world & maintaining build scripts for linux, osx & windows..
I'm not looking to open up discussion here, but an answer that will meet my needs with the minimum of fuss (this is for personal use rather than devops for my company / others after all) from the experts ... even if the answer is simply that I need to put the effort into a CI solution...