Food Fight

The Podcast where DevOps chefs do battle


Show Date: Tuesday, 9 October 2012


John and Nathen sat down with Marc Watts, Mark Jennings, and David Lutzy to discuss the DevOps culture and history at Lonely Planet, performance, metrics-driven engineering, and more.

  • 0:40 - In the News
  • 2:08 - Meetup Groups & Events
  • 3:38 - Google+ Chef Hangouts
  • 3:55 - Special Offer
  • 4:20 - New Cookbooks
  • 5:35 - Updated Cookbooks
  • 6:35 - Panel Introductions
  • 7:53 - What is Lonely Planet?
  • 11:00 - History of DevOps at Lonely Planet
  • 13:35 - Size and Organization of Lonely Planet
  • 17:02 - How Lonely Planet lost it’s way…but found it again.
  • 18:16 - Infrastructure of Lonely Planet and moving to the cloud
  • 19:50 - Content caching
  • 21:55 - Software stack at Lonely Planet
  • 25:40 - Does performance matter?
  • 30:00 - Enabling developers to implement metrics
  • 35:46 - Open Source contributions, including Fozzie
  • 38:26 - Self-service metrics
  • 43:36 - Using Chef at Lonely Planet
  • 49:50 - Picks
  • 56:40 - Close


In the News

Now that Velocity EU and DevOpsDays Rome are over, presentations, blog posts, and videos are starting to appear all over the web. A little google-fu should help you find what you’re looking for. What were some of your favorites? Email us at and we’ll mention them on the next show.

A couple of highlights from VelocityEU include

Upcoming Meetup Groups and Events

Cookbook News

New Cookbooks

  • ubuntu_nvidia_gpu v0.1.0 - fnichol Installs/Configures NVIDIA graphics drivers on Ubuntu Linux

  • tarsnap v0.0.10 - andreacampi This cookbook installs and configures tarsnap. Optionally it can also install and configure tarsnapper. Tarsnap is a secure online backup service. The Tarsnap client code provides a flexible and powerful command-line interface which can be used directly or via shell scripts. Tarsnapper is a wrapper around tarsnap that allows you to define “backup jobs” and expire old backups.

  • chocolatey v0.0.2 - guilhemfr Install chocolatey and packages on Windows. Chocolately NuGet is a Machine Package Manager, somewhat like apt-get, but built with Windows in mind.

  • naglite2 v0.1.3 - sjourdan This Chef cookbook deploys naglite2, which is a full screen nagios viewer intended for NOC/monitoring screens. Naglite2 on github, Naglite2 in action

Updated Cookbooks







Here’s a vidoe from Three Trapped Tigers, one of David’s picks:


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