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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 Dec 26 '14 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.. – Peter Mortensen Dec 27 '14 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 Dec 25 '14 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 Dec 25 '14 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. – ChuckCottrill Dec 30 '14 at 18:01
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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. – Kenny Evitt Jan 1 '15 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 Jan 1 '15 at 15:46

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