Open Source Initiative Board of Directors 2020

The 2020 election for the Open Source Initiative Board of Directors is rapidly approaching. Before going to IBM FastStart in Las Vegas last week, I nominated myself for a seat on the board as an Individual Member. I spoke with a few friends in the months prior to submitting my nomination. It sounds like OSI could use my help. “Open source software has done nothing but provide opportunity after opportunity in my life. [Read More]

Seth Vargo says hell no—puts Chef on ICE

Just when you thought a toxic, old, white guy with lousy hygiene was going to dominate the news this week, in walks Seth Vargo. On Thursday, Seth Vargo, a former Chef employee, learned something he wasn’t comfortable with about code he’d written. Seth discovered Chef had an active contract with the US Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement (yes, that one). Seth then did something rather extraordinary. He yanked his code (including chef-sugar) from GitHub and RubyGems. [Read More]

Upstream vs Downstream

I was working on things for work (as one does) when it dawned on me. Very few folks understand the difference between upstream and downstream as it relates to open source software. I used Red Hat projects as a pointer. Here is the output of that effort (which was scratching the surface). Upstream vs. Downstream Upstream vs. Downstream is confusing at times. But, for the bigger Red Hat projects this holds true: [Read More]

Microsoft Has Come a Long Way

Microsoft has come a very long way in its fight back into the graces of all technologists. There will be some die hards that will never forgive Microsoft for what it attempted to do to open source software. Like there will be some die hards that won’t embrace PowerShell, WSL, and future Microsoft improvements. But, there is no denying that Microsoft has changed as a company in a way that is beneficial to the open source community and beyond. [Read More]

The Open Organization Guide to IT Culture Change

The open organization community at Opensource.com (of which I’m a member) is pleased to announce the immediate release of its newest book, The Open Organization Guide to IT Culture Change. DevOps'ish is on hiatus and is not taking new subscribers at this time. Stay tuned to Chris Short's web site for details on future projects and when DevOps'ish will relaunch. Thank you to all subscribers for your years of support. As IT teams around the world rise to these new challenges, they’re realizing that radical change isn’t a matter of tools alone. [Read More]

Got Badlock? Ansible Can Help

Badlock might not be bad for all. If you are using Ansible you can patch your systems with a single playbook (or ad hoc command). DevOps'ish is on hiatus and is not taking new subscribers at this time. Stay tuned to Chris Short's web site for details on future projects and when DevOps'ish will relaunch. Thank you to all subscribers for your years of support. For RPM based OS users Badlock (samba) patching is as easy as: ansible -m shell -a "yum update *samba*" all [Read More]

Grep Multiple Ansible Vault Files

Here’s a handy one-liner to grep multiple Ansible Vault files (like group_vars). All you need is an Ansible Vault password file (outside of your configuration repo, please) and a little bash. ls -1 | while read N ; do echo -n $N: ; ansible-vault --vault-password-file ~/.ansible_vault view $N | grep <STRING> ; done DevOps'ish is on hiatus and is not taking new subscribers at this time. Stay tuned to Chris Short's web site for details on future projects and when DevOps'ish will relaunch. [Read More]

Install VirtualBox Guest Additions via Command Line

I routinely spin up CentOS virtual machines in VirtualBox. Sometimes they are temporary and others might be around for months. These seemingly throw away VMs utilize the CentOS minimal install ISO for speed of setup (I really should just build a standard starting point VM and clone it as needed but I digress). DevOps'ish is on hiatus and is not taking new subscribers at this time. Stay tuned to Chris Short's web site for details on future projects and when DevOps'ish will relaunch. [Read More]