So, I’ve been away for awhile. A busy holiday season at work took away most of my November and December, and I did some traveling around the holidays.
But I haven’t just been slacking off! I’ve been teaching myself Python, and both tinkering with and contributing to a new(-ish) remote execution and configuration management framework called Salt.
Salt (<ahighlight=”" title=”Salt” href=”http://saltstack.org/” data-mce-href=”http://saltstack.org/”>http://saltstack.org/) is an amazingly simple-to-use tool which can be used to run commands on a number of hosts in parallel. In addition, it can be used to set and enforce configuration policies, filling the configuration managment niche also occupied by the likes of Puppet, Cfengine, Chef, Bcfg2, et al.
I’m currently evaluating Salt for potential deployment at work.
Also, after a number of enthusiastic recommendations, I decided to finally try <ahighlight=”" title=”WeeChat” href=”http://weechat.org” data-mce-href=”http://weechat.org”>WeeChat yesterday. I can’t believe I didn’t do this sooner! It has now replaced irssi as my IRC client of choice.
These days I’ve been hanging out regularly in #salt and #tmux on freenode (and occasionally in #mutt, #archlinux, and #python), with nickname archtaku. Feel free to look me up.