Chef Open Source Community News – January 2018

Chef has always been built atop a very strong open-source community. However, we’ve heard from many of you that it’s hard to find news about new features being developed in our open-source projects. Thus, we are starting 2018 off by trying something new, which is to summarize open source developments in Chef, Habitat, InSpec, and […]

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Detect Spectre and Meltdown Vulnerabilities with InSpec

Earlier this month, Google Project Zero announced several security vulnerabilities in many modern processors, commonly referred to by the names Spectre and Meltdown. These vulnerabilities arise from the exploitation of performance optimizations in modern CPUs, features known as branch prediction and speculative execution. You can read more about these hardware vulnerabilities at the Spectre Attack […]

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Announcing Chef Cookbook Support in JFrog Artifactory

In partnership with JFrog, we are delighted to announce that Artifactory now supports Chef cookbooks as an artifact format. This functionality is available in Artifactory starting with version 5.1. Chef cookbook support inside Artifactory is significant for a number of reasons. Many of our customers say that they already have an artifact store with Artifactory. They want […]

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The blind adoption mistake: How to determine if containers are right for you

Making mistakes is part of life. But that doesn’t mean blindly making choices, in life, or in technology, without considering whether others have trodden the same path before. Every generation of technology — disruptive or not — brings with it a similar set of challenges as the previous generation, only in a different form. One […]

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Habitat 301: Building Habitats

In this Habitat 301 session from ChefConf 2016, Jamie Winsor, senior software engineer at Chef, discusses the design of the Habitat build service, including the use of such technologies such as ZeroMQ and protocol buffers (protobufs) — as well as Habitat itself — to build a dynamically-scalable distributed system. Help Build Habitat If you’re interested […]

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Habitat 201: Habitat in the Ecosystem

In this Habitat 201 talk from ChefConf 2016, George Miranda, product marketing manager at Chef, talks about how Habitat integrates into the rest of the ecosystem around containers and modern application management. He discusses Habitat’s integrations with Docker, rkt, Mesosphere and Kubernetes and what role Habitat plays in this world. You might also be interested […]

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Target Tackles Complex Automation Challenge: Microsoft Sharepoint

Our friends from Target gave a presentation today at ChefConf, cracking a complicated challenge by using Chef: automating Microsoft SharePoint. “When I told people I was Cheffing SharePoint, the reactions I got were typically, ‘Oh… I’m sorry’,” said senior engineer Naomi Reeves. But with a team of twelve developers dealing with an unmanageable fleet of 162 […]

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FIPS Support Now Generally Available in Chef Client 12.8

We recently announced the general availability of Chef Client 12.8 that includes support for running in a FIPS 140-2-compliant mode. FIPS, the Federal Information Processing Standard, is primarily used within the United States Federal Government as a standard for information systems security. This feature helps our government customers, including agencies, contractors and hosting service providers, adopt […]

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