I'm self-training on puppet and interested in writing up some Puppet-related topics in Q&A format for questions that took me a while to answer because I wasn't able to find a decent resource online.

Since puppet is multiplatform (even with Windows support) would it still be considered on-topic for this SE or would I need to post those over on ServerFault?

  • Excellent. I'm looking forward to these questions!
    – muru
    Commented Dec 26, 2014 at 11:14
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    Some context: Puppet - Puppet is an open source configuration management utility. It runs on many Unix-like systems as well as on Microsoft Windows, and includes its own declarative language to describe system configuration.. Commented Dec 27, 2014 at 1:29

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Yes, absolutely. As long as something works on *nix, it's on topic. Whether it works on other systems as well or not is irrelevant.

If your questions are about using software X on a *nix platform, they are welcome here. If they are platform agnostic, Super User might be a better place for them.

  • How do you mean "platform agnostic"? Most of the puppet stuff I would want to post is going to be applicable to most *nix platforms.
    – Bratchley
    Commented Dec 25, 2014 at 13:48
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    I mean that if your Q&As are equally applicable to *nix and Windows, they'd still be on topic but would probably be more so on Super User. If they are about using puppet on a nix platform, they are perfect for us.
    – terdon Mod
    Commented Dec 25, 2014 at 15:07
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    Though puppet is platform agnostic, the use of puppet for specific *nix system configuration seems even more appropriate for unix.SE, but may also be appropriate for ServerFault. Commented Dec 30, 2014 at 18:01

While such questions may be acceptable on Unix.SE, DevOps type questions are more at home on ServerFault. They currently have 1,175 questions tagged puppet.

  • Interesting; there's only slightly more (1,420) questions tagged puppet on Stack Overflow. I would have thought there'd be much more. Commented Jan 1, 2015 at 1:28
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    There's a difference between writing puppet manifests and managing the puppet infrastructure and I'd guess that the first gets mostly to Unix.SE and the latter goes to ServerFault.
    – Didi Kohen
    Commented Jan 1, 2015 at 15:46

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