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Boxen: OSX Config Beyond Dotfiles

Jim Moore and Brian Street demonstrate BOXEN (built on Puppet):

“Infrastructure as code” is accepted for our servers, but why don’t we apply it to our desktops? Boxen is a tool that enables not just automated installation of software, but also configuration of our desktops. Boxen puts the developer in control of their desktop (as if they weren’t anyway) but also scales across companies, teams, and even home vs work computers.

We will cover the basic ideas and tools involved, as well showing some of the things you can configure (hint: everything) for really pimping your machine and making upgrading your environment much faster and consistent WAAAY beyond dotfiles. We’ll also talk about our experiences in scaling this across the developers in our team.

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  • Pat F.

    Great presentation and interesting discussions.

    May 7, 2014

  • Ed Y.

    I wonder how my corporate issue MacBook configuration management will play with boxen

    May 6, 2014

  • Wil Moore I.

    I was planning to make it to this; however, my daughter has a track meet which will likely keep me out of pocket such that I won't be able to make it tonight. Bummer...really wanted to be at this.

    May 6, 2014

    • Tim B.

      Argh! You will be missed, sir. But you are doing the better thing.

      May 6, 2014

  • Dan S.

    All you open source fans - come check out the MongoDB meetup this Wednesday 4/23 in the DTC. We will be having multiple Mongo Engineers flying in to do a Q&A and presentation!!! -

    April 21, 2014

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