Six years ago I started working furiously on this little side project about package management for Windows. It started to grow and over time it became clear that it was going to be something important. A community flourished and there was a tremendous uptake for this little tool.
Fast forward to present, starting soon I will be focused solely on Chocolatey as the Founder of Chocolatey Software, Inc*! It’s an exciting opportunity to really see where we can take this Windows software management thing!
I also could not have had the opportunity to move forward without the support of a tremendous community, who has contributed to Chocolatey’s success in many ways. Your support does not go unnoticed – we will continue to make open source improvements, along with ensuring that organizations can take Chocolatey to the next level with Chocolatey for Business.
It’s a bit bittersweet as I’ve had the opportunity work with a lot of fantastic folks at Puppet and do some really awesome things for furthering automation on Windows. In many ways Puppet has been an amazing place to work (I highly recommend it, they have the remote employee situation handled). However, an opportunity to follow my first love, Chocolatey, is a dream I won’t pass up.
Not everyone gets the opportunity to follow their dreams, so when you get a chance it can be both a thrilling and scary experience! Here’s to the future of Chocolatey and Windows automation!
* – For those keeping track – Chocolatey Software was formed in November 2016 as a spin off of RealDimensions Software, LLC
Last week was my last of a great ride at Splunk. I have now joined Auth0 working on a new developer-focused offering around Serverless compute, with Webtask. I’ve also started a new blog to discuss more broader topics on tech, startups etc.
Read more on what I am doing now here!
And we’re back!
Yes it’s true, .NET Fringe is back! We’re gathering back in Portland from July 10th through 12th for 3 days of unadulterated .NET OSS awesomeness. Last year we had a magical event, and we heard you tell us that you couldn’t wait for next year. So this year we’re back and we’re taking it up a notch! You can hear more about why we’re doing .NET Fringe and our plans for this year in our recent Channel 9 Interview.
We’ve got a rich and diverse set of topics this year that is very timely and relevant to what is happening in the industry. Just look at the list!
- .NET Core
- Linked Data
- Machine Learning
- OSS Project Management
And an excellent lineup of speakers starting with our keynotes. We are thrilled that the list includes Don Syme, the creator of F#!
This year back by popular demand we’ll be having about 15 Lightning talks split across the two days. Got an idea you’d like to speak on, we’re open for submissions.
Once again we’ll have workshops free for attendees on July 10th. Aaron Stannard is back with more AKKA.NET goodness, and we have several other workshops. Stay tuned to dotnetfringe.org.
There’s a ton of other cool stuff, like another awesome venue, the Geek Train from Seattle, a bike ride around Portland, live music, some great food oh and Portland!
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.NET Fringe is around the corner. It’s going to be amazing. Go register and come join us!
This is a very exciting time for Chocolatey! Over the past 5 years, there have been some amazing points in Chocolatey’s history. Now we are less than 10 days from another historical moment for Chocolatey – when licensed editions become available for purchase! This is the moment when we are able to offer features that enable businesses to better manage software through Chocolatey and offer non-free features to our community! This also marks when the community (and organizations) take the next step to ensure the longevity of Chocolatey for the next 10-20 years. I started this process with a dream and a Kickstarter and now it’s finally coming to fruition!
Here is a list of the licensed features that will be coming in May. I really think you are going to like what we’ve been cooking up:
- Malware protection / Virus scanning – Automatic protection from software flagged by multiple virus scanners – Read more…
- No more 404s – Alternate permanent download location for Professional customers. Read more…
- Integration with existing Antivirus – Great for businesses that don’t want to reach out to VirusTotal.
- (Business Only) Create packages from software files/installers – Do you keep all the applications you install for your business internally somewhere? Chocolatey can automatically create packages for all the software your organization uses in under 5 minutes! – Shown as a preview in a March webinar (fast forward to 36:45)
- Install Directory Switch – You no longer need to worry about the underlying directives to send to native installers to install software into special locations. You can simply pass one directory switch to Chocolatey and it will handle this for you.
- Support and prioritization of bugs and features for customers.
Sold! But How Do I Buy?
While we are still getting the front end systems setup and ensuring all of the backend systems are in place and working properly, we are limiting availability to the first 500 professional licenses and 20 businesses (Note: we do not expect any issues with our payment processor). Because we are limiting availability, you must register for the Go Live Event at https://chocolatey.eventbrite.com if you are interested.
It bears repeating, the links for purchase will only be sent to folks who have registered for the event, so secure your spot now!
A designer started a conversation with us in December 2014 and we’ve recently come to a decision point on Chocolatey – a new logo (and soon a new website)! A special thanks goes out to Julian Krispel-Samsel!