James Turnbull


If I had my hand full of truth, I would take good care how I opened it

New home page

The wonderful and highly talented Erin Knowles designed me a new home page - bio, CV, books, etc - that is very, very cool. It looks very speck and is nice and simple. I like nice and simple. Erin also makes funny little things called efki star creatures which would seem to make perfect gifts for kiddies. P.S. This doesn’t mean this page goes away - that’s my “this is me the author page and the projects I work on " page.

Puppet Extras .... denizens of the Puppet ext directory

I’ve been meaning to do this for ages…. In the Puppet tarball is a directory called “ext” that contains some extras that aren’t exactly mainline but could be useful to people. You can see it’s current contents here. So the “ext” directory has got a number of useful tools, scripts and add-ons including: dqfix.sql - A script to remove duplicate resources from a MySQL Stored Configuration database emacs - An emacs mode for editing Puppet manifests ldap - The Puppet LDAP schema logcheck - Puppet configuration for logcheck nagios/check_puppet.

Pro Linux System Administration

My new book, Pro Linux System Administration, is coming out on June 22nd, 2009. It’s written with my friends Pete and Den. Here’s a little bit of a blurb: “We can all be Linux experts, provided we invest the time in learning the craft of Linux administration. Pro Linux System Administration makes it easy for small to medium-sized businesses to enter the world of zero-cost software running on Linux and covers all the distros you might want to use, including Red Hat, Ubuntu, Debian, and CentOS.

Configuration Management Panel at Open Source Bridge - Portland June 2009

So, because I have so much copious spare time, I am running a panel on Configuration Management at OpenSourceBridge in Portland. The panel is on June 18th and entails: Configuration management tools are finally coming into their own. Powerful, automated infrastructure management is now available in a wide variety of open source tools. Tools written in different languages, using varying operational methodologies and embracing differing philosophies. Come meet some of the creators and maintainers of these cutting edge tools like cfengine, Puppet, AutomateIT, Chef, and bcfg2 and quiz them in the why and hows of their tools and the philosophies behind them.

Found in translation

I love writers festivals - never get to go to enough of them and certainly when I do I never get to attend all the sessions I want. Day job and all that. One of the ones I’ve heard quite a bit about (all good) in the last couple of years is PEN World Voices in New York. There is a great article talking about the festival and its running in the new Sydney Ideas magazine.