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Cfengine Is Like Eating Your Vegetables or: How Ubuntu Made Me Lazy

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The dedicated hardware for the OVSD servers came in last week. Yay! Time to have some fun wrangling the new hardware.

With Ben’s welcome assistance, we got the boxes racked up and physically connected in record time. In the past I’ve run most of my servers on Ubuntu/Debian or Red Hat/Fedora but the sysadmins at the OSL use Cfengine and Gentoo. No problem, I think, it’s good to learn new things and Cfengine sounds interesting. So the guys stuck a Gentoo LiveCD into the first box for me, I rolled up my sleeves and waded in.

I couldn’t remember the last time I’d cracked open fdisk and partitioned a system’s drives by hand. Whoa. I think it was sometime in the late ’90s on a floppy-based Slackware install.

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