November 2014 links

Some links of stuff I appreciated this month. Links to French content are in a separate post. You can also take the time machine to October 2014.

November is the Philae landing on the Comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko month and the ESA photo release under CC-BY-SA (one of them here) month. Mainly DevOps links in this post, a Wikidata tool and an algorithm visualisation.

Churyumov-Gerasimenko 67P, 20 November 2014


Craft. Jeroen de Dauw has prepared interesting slides about clean functions. Your function should do one task, not be a class disguised in procedural code.

Raft. In a distributed environment, how do you achieve a similar state? Raft is an answer to this question, as a distributed consensus algorithm.  To understand how it works, The Secret Lives of Data offers a visual guide.


Wikidata no labels. Harmonia Amanda and Hsarrazin wanted to find items without labels in French, respectively about the Tolkien’s Legendarium or Russians persons to translate. This tool allows you to get some Wikidata items through a WDQ query or to encode them directly, and print a table with the part of these items without label in the specified language.


Once upon a time there were a Linux theme park. As a Cobbler / SpaceWalk alternative, we start to see new software to appear: katello/foreman. It’s a part of Katello, the upstream of Satellite 6, and a replacement for SpaceWalk. You want to dive into the Linux theme park? Build images, deploy, manage resources? You’ll be served. Thank you to jnix for these software recommendation.

And now, near the sea. ShipYard allows you to manage Docker instances and containers.

But what is more interesting is the alpha release of OpenShift Origin, the third generation of  OpenShift, with a new system design. It relies on Docker and the following technologies:

  • Kubernetes, an active controller to orchestrate and ensure the desired state of the containers;
  • An etcd server (which uses the Raft algorithm described above);

With that concepts, you’re ready for the introduction hands-on tutorial available.

The puppetmaster becomes old. Ryan Lane, formerly in Wikimedia ops team,  blogged this summer about a Puppet alternative at his new job: Moving away from Puppet: SaltStack or Ansible? For Ryan, 10K+ lines of Puppet codes is now only 1K of SaltStack or Ansible code. The winner of their test to port the Puppet infrastructure into both is SaltStack. It’s a pity, I would have loved to merge yet another fictional universe into the Nasqueron project and add the Ursula K. Guin ansible in the mix.


FreeBSD 10.1. The first new version of FreeBSD after the SSL bugs is out, and will immediately be deployed on Ysul and Sirius machines as test. Bhyve can use a pure ZFS filesystem and UDP-Lite protocol is finally here.

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