Published on 8 February 2013 by

I had a lovely time last week with over 200 other people gathered in Belgium for Puppet Camp Ghent. A huge thank you to Inuits for co-organizing the event, HoGent for generously providing the space, Nucleus for livestreaming and recording video, and for hosting an awesome afterparty on short notice! We had great content, amazing conversations and fun times along with the consumption of a lot of Belgian beer!


While most of our Puppet Camps are 1 day events, we decided to make Ghent a 2 day event leading right into the FOSDEM weekend. At Puppet Camp Ghent, we had 17 presentations and numerous unconference sessions, so I'll just hit the highlights and talk about some of my favorite sessions.

Day 1 kicked off with a presentation about Puppet 3 from Eric Sorenson that talked about the latest release of Puppet and some thoughts on where the open source product is going. Kris Buytaert drew on his years of experience with Puppet consulting to talk about Monitoring in the Cloud with Puppet. R.I.Pienar talked about Managing the Puppet Agent using MCollective, which provided people with some ideas about to use Puppet with MCollective. Walter Heck held a very interactive session that led people through what _not_ to do with Puppet and how to fix some of the most common errors.


I had the first presentation on Day 2 to talk about the State of the Puppet Community with details about how to participate, metrics about the community today and our plans for 2013. Erik Dalén led a really interesting session about how Spotify uses Puppet to manage the enormous amount of infrastructure required to run their service. Daniele Sluijters talked about how Nedap uses Puppet and some of the mistakes they made in the early days; he also included an intro to rspec-puppet.

These are only a few of the many presentations from Puppet Camp Ghent. You can get links to all of the presentations for this event or materials from other past Puppet Camps by visiting the Previous Puppet Camps section of the Puppet Camp page. We should also have video available for the sessions in the main room in the next couple of weeks.

Thank you to everyone who attended or participated in the event! We had a great time, and I hope to see you all at future Puppet Camps!

Learn more:

  • We have Puppet Camps coming up in Oslo, Los Angeles, Italy, Chicago, Barcelona, Atlanta, Baltimore, London, Amsterdam and Nuremberg. Visit the Puppet Camp page to register to attend or learn more about submitting talks.
  • Attend PuppetConf, our annual operations conference held in San Francisco. You can sign up for a reminder when PuppetConf 2013 registration opens.
  • Find a local Puppet User Group or start one in your city!
  • Join the Puppet community.

Photo credit to Bert Van Vreckem.

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