Readers' Choice Awards 2014

Best DevOps Configuration Management Tool

It was interesting to see Git take top spot in this category, because although it certainly would work to use standard version control on configuration files, I always assumed it would be used alongside tools like Chef or Puppet. If nothing else, the DevOps movement has taught crusty old system administrators like myself to treat configuration files like code. Version control is incredible, and it seems as though most readers agree.

  • Git 39.4%

  • Puppet 17.2%

  • Ansible 8.9%

  • cron jobs 8.8%

  • Subversion 7.6%

  • Chef 5%

  • SaltStack 5.4%

  • Other 4.6%*

  • CFEngine 3%

*Under "Other", most write-ins went to NixOps.

It's time for another Readers' Choice issue of Linux Journal! The format last year was well received, so we've followed suit making your voices heard loud again. I couldn't help but add some commentary in a few places, but for the most part, we just reported results. Please enjoy this year's Readers' Choice Awards!

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Please see the December 2014 issue of Linux Journal for the complete list of winners.