[CentOS] Spacewalk or Puppet?

Karanbir Singh mail-lists at karan.org
Wed Nov 4 11:23:30 UTC 2009

On 11/04/2009 12:47 AM, Tracy Phillips wrote:
> Chef showed up on my radar this morning. Have you seen it or used it.
> Looks pretty promising.

I use Chef as well, and it is quite interesting in that it allows you to 
essentially have a systems management object in a proper language ( Ruby 
in this case ) rather than a DSL ( like puppet ). And while this is its 
strength, its also - imho - a massive weakness.

If you have a few machines, and dont mind getting into installing and 
managing a boat load of associated code, Chef is worth looking into. If 
you are a large scale enterprise or a business where employing sysadmins 
who are also expected to be moderately fluent in Ruby. I'd give Chef a 
miss for the time being. There are a few wrappers being developed around 
chef, none of which look mature enough to use. Wait for something to 
come through those lines first.

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