Linux Centralized Administration

John Adams jna at
Thu Jan 12 22:42:39 UTC 2012

Here at Twitter we make extensive use of Puppet.  It's great, but we had a
hard learning curve and much customization to get it to work the way we
wanted to.

I'd also recommend Chef, which is like Puppet but includes more tools (like
a machine database) out of the box.


On Thu, Jan 12, 2012 at 2:27 PM, Matthew Palmer <mpalmer at> wrote:

> On Thu, Jan 12, 2012 at 04:02:49PM -0500, Paul Stewart wrote:
> > Hey folks. just curious what people are using for automating updates to
> > Linux boxes?
> >
> > Today, we manually do YUM updates to all the CentOS servers . just an
> > example but a good one.  I have heard there are some open source
> solutions
> > similar to that of Red Hat Network?
> At work, we use (and built) a tool called 'tingle'
> (, which handles it all for us across our
> internal and managed-for-customers infrastructures.
> Personally, I don't run CentOS, but I use unattended-upgrades on my
> personal
> herd of Debian machines, which works well enough.
> - Matt
> --
> A woman in liquor production / Owns a still of exquisite construction.
> The alcohol boils / Through magnetic coils.
> She says that it's "proof by induction."
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