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puppet reference links and competition
posted on 2014-03-30 17:31:53

puppet is one of several open source configuration management tools.

A little excourse:
Notable alternatives would be Chef, Ansible, CFEngine, Salt and Sprinkle. In the Red Hat universe there exists Spacewalk, which also is built on puppet somehow according to wikipedia. A friend of mine considers Spacewalk a damn fine solution. Puppet seems to have an edge over its competition and is one of the bigger contestants along with Chef and CFEngine. Ansible and Salt are newer and likely better, Sprinkle is the smallest and most light-weight of the bunch. I haven't lookup up the current codebase sizes or commit activities which would indicate how lively each project is, this is as far as I came from searching blogs and test experiences.

As of end 2013 Ansible seems to be the most frictionless solution. Why is this about puppet then?

Puppet's unique selling points are

  • it works with Windows boxes, which is not the case with all other competitioners.
  • I might need it for work-related setups.
  • Spacewalk uses it internally, which speaks for its quality.

Back to puppet:
The type reference can be found here. This comes in handy when writing puppet manifest files. Its configuration reference can be found here. And for fun, the style-guide.

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