I'm asking cause I've got a bunch of devices (ARM as well as x86 / AMD64), and I'm thinking of unifying the operating systems on them (for ease of management). I mean to install debian (stable or testing/sid is a bit of a tricky question - but not the one I'm asking here!), and I was wondering what disadvantages it would have to "simply" install the identical packages to all machines / keep the packages in sync across machines (I realise this might not work across architectures - this too is not my question here though..).
So - beside the obvious "waste" of disk space, and the added nodes on the filesystem (and the increased messiness), what disadvantages would this "syncing" of my installations have ?
PS - just to round this off - the advantages I'd hope for are: ease of management (ie in the same vein as putting the same OS on all of the devices), and having any applications I use available on all systems (at the snap of a finger :P - ie without having to install manually at times).
Thanks (in advance), and looking forward to what people have to say!