Doug Stewart on 27 Sep 2010 09:39:28 -0700

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Re: [PLUG] Puppet vs Chef?...

  • From: Doug Stewart <>
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  • Subject: Re: [PLUG] Puppet vs Chef?...
  • Date: Mon, 27 Sep 2010 12:38:58 -0400
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On Sat, Sep 25, 2010 at 4:29 PM, JP Vossen <> wrote:

> One minor turn-off for me was that Chef is all Ruby, where I'd prefer Perl.
>  :-)

An odd critique, given that description, since Ruby is the lingua
franca for Puppet as well. Unless you're referring to the actual
manifests, which use a Ruby-like grammar of Puppet Labs' own design.

That said, I've used Puppet a great deal. I liked my interactions with
it (for the most part), though certain resource types that ought to
exist (like firewall rules, for instance) are missing. When we were
doing our tool selection, Chef had not yet hit the streets, so we were
limited to cfengine and Puppet, and since cfengine had recently gone
to version 3, we decided on Puppet as the easier, lower-resistance

In my previous environment, Puppet + Kickstart took our average RHEL
installation procedure from a half hour, multi-touch affair to a basic
one-touch, 5 minute affair. It's a glorious thing (when it works

For those interested in Puppet, the new-ish Puppet Scaffold tool
( is well worth looking at,
as it's an excellent way to get a skeleton of a configuration set up.

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