As it took me a bit to figure out, I'll quickly show in this tutorial how to install the latest version of Cobbler on Ubuntu. It may work in a quite similar way also on other linux distributions.
First install the prerequisites:
apt-get install python python2.7 python-django python-netaddr python-yaml python-simplejson python-cheetah python-libvirt python-urlgrabber apache2 libapache2-mod-wsgi make
Apache needs the proxy module enabled:
a2enmod proxy proxy_http
Now download cobbler and install it:
tar -xvpf v2.6.11.tar.gz
Activate the cobbler apache integration:
ln -s /etc/apache2/conf-available/cobbler.conf /etc/apache2/conf-enabled/cobbler.conf
ln -s /etc/apache2/conf-available/cobbler_web.conf /etc/apache2/conf-enabled/cobbler_web.conf
This fixes a weird bug which later on would launch some nasty exception:
ln -s /usr/local/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/cobbler /usr/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/
Then edit /usr/local/share/cobbler/web/cobbler.wsgi and replace those lines:
_application = django.core.handlers.wsgi.WSGIHandler()
from django.core.wsgi import get_wsgi_application
_application = get_wsgi_application()
You'll find them in the last few lines of the file. This also will prevent a nasty exception.
Now edit /usr/local/share/cobbler/web/settings.py and find the line starting with SECRET_KEY = ''.
Put a unique key in between the quotes.
Now create the cobbler user login:
htdigest /etc/cobbler/users.digest "Cobbler" cobbler
You will be asked to enter a password. You will later login to the web interface with username cobbler and this password.
Reboot your server!
I recommend you to run "cobbler check" in order to fine-tune your installation. Point your browser to your server: http://<server>/cobbler_web