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Best wishes for 2014!

Normation would like to wish you happiness, health and success as we begin 2014 together. Hoping you also had a great 2013 and are looking forward to what this year will bring us ! For Normation, the year included a total of 5 new releases of Rudder, the co-organising and sponsoring of the very first […] Read more

Jan, 14, 2014

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How about a new Rudder (2.9 release) for 2014?

Happy New Year! At the foot of the Christmas tree was a new version of Rudder, 2.9 “Liberty ship”! (for the curious: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liberty_ship) To begin 2014, our latest version, 2.9, further extends usability and adaptability of the previous version, 2.8. There are relatively few new features in this version though it will improve the way […] Read more

Jan, 09, 2014

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CFEngine vs Puppet vs Chef vs Ansible vs Salt

Last month Infoworld published an article titled “Review: Puppet vs. Chef vs. Ansible vs. Salt” written by Paul Venezia, that prompted many people in the configuration management community to get in touch with us to ask why CFEngine was not included. Our answer was simple: “No, we have no clear reason as to why this […] Read more

Rudder goes on patrol (2.8.0)

We have just released the latest version of Rudder, v2.8 ‘Patrol Boat’. In this post we will share with you what has been fixed, improved and the new features we’ve added in this release. This release cycle was shorter than usual, just under a month in fact, though it did not stop us working just […] Read more

Nov, 20, 2013

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Ed Daniel, open source evangelist, joins Normation

Recently, we welcomed Ed Daniel on-board as our new Head of Marketing. If his name sounds familiar then it certainly should as Ed is a well known figure in the open source community. It is likely that you will have crossed paths at one of many industry events such as Solutions Linux, DevOps Days, InfoSec […] Read more

Oct, 14, 2013

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Vagrant: Virtual machine provisioning made easy

During Devops Days Paris 2013 earlier this year (18/19 April 2013) I was surprised to discover that very few people had heard of Vagrant. Luckily; there was an open space dedicated to Vagrant (and its usage) where 15-20 people attended but only 5 among them knew about Vagrant (including my colleague, François Armand and myself). This tools […] Read more

Normation special offer of Rudder support for free!

We understand that starting a new project is often time-consuming. Part of this challenge is making sure you follow best practices, ensuring your design choices during planning will not impact production deployment and service continuity thereafter, that your team is up to speed on your technology choices and fundamentally that you are confident that your […] Read more

Sep, 16, 2013

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Speed up your CFEngine by using a RAM disk!

When using CFEngine on a daily basis with a heavy set of promises, it is possible that one day you will encounter the following problem, especially on older releases of CFEngine: the underlying databases can get slow over time and eat some I/O. On a “standard” machine it will not cause any harm, but on […] Read more

Rudder 2.7.0 “Powerboat” is out!

The latest version of Rudder has been released, v2.7.0 ‘Powerboat’! This post provides an overview of new features implemented, bug fixes and performance improvements that have gone into this release. We fought hard against the heat (~ 35° C in Paris, that’s too much!) and holidays to bring you this new version of Rudder. We […] Read more

Avoid CFEngine hanging on start with the ignore_interfaces.rx file

Using CFEngine on a regular basis (and training people to use it), I often have to deploy CFEngine agents on virtual machines. Trouble is that often virtual machines (especially the ones cloned a bit hastily) have broken network configurations (incorrect hosts file, stray network interfaces …). While CFEngine is quite tolerant about network failures, it […] Read more

Feedback on the LOADays 2013 – Small but powerful

For the second year, Normation was present at the LOADays in Antwerp, Belgium, as I went there to do a talk about Cobbler, discover some new interesting projects and enjoy the awesome social event of the first day (and Belgian beer) ! This post will expose my feedback on this conference, what I saw there […] Read more

Jul, 02, 2013

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Per-file compilation time in a Scala/Maven project

Where is Moore when he is needed ? Scala is a fabulous language, the tooling is now quite good, but it still have one big drawback… One that makes wonder if XKCD 303 wasn’t drawn with Scala in mind. Scalac takes forever to compile anything. In a non trivial project, that forever means (tens of) […] Read more

Jan, 29, 2013

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Rudder 2.4.0~beta3 available!

We are very proud to announce the availability of a brand new version of Rudder, 2.4.0~beta3. This is the first official release in the 2.4 series, code-named Drakkar. This beta version has been a long time in the making, and I’d like to apologize to those who have been waiting for it. Your wait has […] Read more

CFEngine Community Event in Montreal

During the CFEngine training session in Montreal two weeks ago, Normation and CFEngine organized a community event, to reach CFEngine users in the French speaking Canada. The event was a success, and we even met some potential CFEngineers there, eager to join the community. This event was fully sponsored by CFEngine, who we thank extensively […] Read more

May, 31, 2012

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Rudder and Android working together

After a hard couple of days trying to get it done with our friends from Genymobile, we finally managed to craft a lovely Android compatible Rudder prototype ! Thanks to CFEngine flexibility, we are now able to manage Android-based systems from a standard Rudder server. Thus, we are currently the only user-friendly oriented configuration management […] Read more

Rudder at the LOADays 2012

The Normation team (well at least two of them) was present at the LOADays 2012 in Antwerp, Belgium We had a great time here! Even though the weather was cold, our Belgian friends out here were very welcoming. The organization was perfect, the WiFi too, and the conferences very enlightening. We had the chance to […] Read more

Normation: our mission, why Rudder and our offer

Yesterday, we held a seminar in our offices titled IT infrastructure: Balancing best practices and everyday constraints. Mark Burgess, pioneer of software configuration management and founding CTO of CFEngine AS, was our guest star, and gave a very interesting talk about the Third Wave of IT Management. We took the opportunity to introduce Normation, presenting […] Read more

An installation and everyday usage guide for libvirt and KVM

Why all this ? Today, nearly every modern computing-related company uses directly or indirectly a virtualization software. As seen with the recent Cloud computing trend, it is a sector that recently exploded in popularity and it is now accessible to everyone. There are now a LOT of alternatives to virtualize an OS : Isolation : […] Read more

Mar, 09, 2012

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Barcamp Rudder 2.4.0 – Portes ouvertes

Cette semaine, de mercredi à mercredi (du 22 au 29 février donc), Normation va faire son premier Barcamp Rudder ! Mais qu’est-ce qu’un barcamp ? D’après Wikipedia : Un BarCamp est une rencontre, une non-conférence ouverte qui prend la forme d’ateliers-événements participatifs où le contenu est fourni par les participants qui doivent tous, à un […] Read more

Rudder presentation at FOSDEM

We’ve been back from the latest FOSDEM in Brussels for a week now, but are only just recovering from the freezing-cold weather they had there… As always, FOSDEM was a great event, with thousands of open source users, contributors and developers all mixing together and sharing their findings, software and thoughts. A real spirit of […] Read more

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