Installing Chef Client on a Raspberry Pi 2 Model B

So you’re looking to manage a fleet of Raspberry Pi units with Chef but the omnibus installer doesn’t support ARM. What can you do?

Chef is a powerful automation platform that transforms complex infrastructure into code, bringing your servers and services to life. Whether you’re operating in the cloud, on-premises, or a hybrid, Chef automates how applications are configured, deployed, and managed across your network, no matter its size.

Why Use Chef with a Raspberry Pi?

The 2nd generation Raspberry Pi is a pretty impressive piece of hardware. They would make excellent development/qc servers, portable desktops, print servers, file servers, and even low traffic web servers. The small form factor and low power usage means they can be stuck just about anywhere there’s ethernet or WiFi and at only $35 each, this functionality comes as a steal.

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OctoPrint and Raspberry Pi As a Standalone Print Server

A buddy pointed me to the OctoPrint Project a few weeks back and I’ve had it on the back burner for a while. After rearranging my home office and no longer having a place for my PrintrBot I decided it was high time to finally untether the printer from my workstation. Continue reading OctoPrint and Raspberry Pi As a Standalone Print Server

Downtime

So it’s been a while since I wrote last. I worked on an installation art piece for Burning Man and that ate up all of my free time before the burn. Since getting back I just couldn’t be arsed to sit down and put together my thoughts, but that needs to change. Expect a full report on the Flying Mantis project as well as others coming soon.

Flying Mantis - Burning Man 2014
Flying Mantis by Heather Dessel, Photo by Andrew Miller

Getting Started With Tinkering

As far back as I can remember, I’ve always liked to tinker on things. I remember taking things apart to see how they worked and many times not being able to get them back together.

When I got older this evolved into working on vehicles, mostly 4×4 trucks and JEEPs. I’ve done engine swaps, rebuilds, axle swaps, lift kits, custom metal fab, etc. You name it, I’ve probably done it. Fortunately I figured out how to put things back together.

Nowadays I’ve got my fingers in all kinds of things: cars, microcontrollers, circuits, code, metal, wood, 3d printing, etc, etc. I do love a good project. I’ve started this site to document my adventures, and misadventures, along the road of constant tinkering. If you’ve got a good project idea, let me know! I may also attempt to rope some of my buddies in to do guest posts along the way.

Stay Tuned!

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