When is the Salt Book Going to Be Done?

Recently I've been asked a few times about the status of the Salt book that I am writing. People seem pretty eager to get their hands on it, but I've been quite slow to actually write the book. There are multiple reasons for this but primarily it boils down to …

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Contributing to Open Source, it's Easier Than You Think

A year ago I decided that I wanted to start contributing to open source projects. I had spent a lot of time working on my own side-projects, but there wasn't really an open source project I was passionate about, so I just picked one (OpenStack) and it went terribly. After …

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Downloading Java with Python

A few weeks ago I wanted to create a script that would automatically download the latest Java RPM from Oracle's site, and update a YUM repository so I wasn't constantly doing it manually.

When I wrote the script there were a few key points it had to hit:

  1. It would …
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Building a Static Blog and Deploying it With SaltStack

I'll be discussing the setup of the blog with this initial post, the main focus will be on the usage of SaltStack.

Our setup is going to consist of the following:

One Ubuntu droplet from DigitalOcean, or your favorite VPS provider.

Our static blog (Pelican) running through nginx and a …

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