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End of Support: A Catalyst to Application Lifecycle Modernization

As many of you know, the standard Microsoft lifecycle policy is 10 years of support (5 for mainstream + 5 for extended support) for business and developer products, such as SQL and Windows servers. At the end of the extended support period, patches or security updates are no longer provided, creating security and compliance issues.

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Chef Habitat and the runC vulnerability (CVE-2019-5736)

An article was shared yesterday detailing a runC vulnerability that affects Docker and Kubernetes where a malicious container can overwrite a host system’s runC binary, thus allowing root-level code execution on the host. This is an operations nightmare and it made me think of how Chef Habitat can help in these situations.

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2019: The “Third Chapter” of Chef Software

Dear Members of the Chef Community, Now that the buzz from closing out 2018 and Chef Rally (our annual all company kick-off) has died down, I wanted to share a quick update on Chef, along with a glimpse into the amazing opportunity that lies ahead for the company and our community. First of all, 2018.

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Introducing the Install Hook!

The 0.74.0 release introduces a new hook to package authors: the install hook. The install hook runs when a package is first installed. This hook is unique in that it runs outside of a service or census context.

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Base Plans Refresh is Coming to Habitat Core Plans!

Hello, friendly Habicats! We will be refreshing the Base Plans of Core Plans on Tuesday, January 29th. Let’s go over what this means for us and, more important, what it means for you. Base Plans 101 Currently, there are about 600 Habitat plans under the Core Origin on Builder.

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ChefConf 2019 is coming home to Seattle!

Any time there is a televised sporting event in Seattle you can be certain that you will see someone throwing a fish, you will hear about coffee, they will show you the Space Needle, and they will go to commercial playing hits by Nirvana, Pearl Jam, or Soundgarden. And we love it.

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Chef Open Source Community: Year in Review

Throughout 2018, we published monthly community updates to summarize valuable new features & and developments in Chef’s open source projects (Chef, Habitat and InSpec) as well as ecosystem tools & content like Test Kitchen, Foodcritic, Supermarket, Habitat core plans, and InSpec profiles & plugins.

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Repackage, Don’t Rewrite! Improving Portability and Agility of Legacy Applications with Habitat

Until now, there have only been two approaches to deal with business-critical legacy applications written in a pre-cloud era: rewrite them, which is a painful, risky and long-lived process (and in some cases, not possible); or lift-and-shift, which doesn’t address the underlying technical debt or the difficulty of managing and deploying this software.

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November 2018 OSS Updates

Here’s this month’s round up of what happened in November across the Chef, Habitat, and InSpec open-source communities. Many thanks to all of our contributors this month. Chef This month’s release of Chef 14 is Chef 14.7.17.

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Giving Thanks to the Chef Community

One of Chef’s strengths from day one has been in its incredible community. As we’ve expanded the number of open-source projects under our aegis in the last few years with InSpec and then Habitat, the Chef community has grown to encompass and embrace them.

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