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I'm really curious what these "don't know linux" devs are doing with Vagrant in their day to day jobs. Do they get one team member who 'knows linux' to set up a Vagrantfile and then force them all to use it?



First off, it's not so black and white. Many developer know some Linux but wouldn't trust themselves setting up a secure production server. I consider myself part of this group.

Using Vagrant, we can still: * Write software that depends on POSIX-only applications, such as Redis and, yes, Docker * Share development environments-that-look-like-production with other developers, thus avoiding "works on my machine" bugs.

You need very little Linux knowledge to do this. Just apt-get, a text editor and the occasional HOWTO/blog post gets you very far.

Additionally, with Docker-on-Vagrant, we can easily: * Simulate a multi-server environment locally without hogging resources * Do effective versioning on dev environment configuration before sharing stuff with colleagues * As a result, learn Linux administration with easy rollbacks after fuckups.

All this without an on-team Linux guru.

Of course, once you go live, you'll need a decent sysadmin/devop type to un-suck the installations. And backport that to the dev setups. Or, just go to some PaaS and have the security/efficiency part done for you. But that's not my point: my point is that even without running your own hardcore-linux-guru-devopsed production environment, and without anything more than basic Linux skills, you can get a lot of value from Vagrant+Docker.


Yes, the ops side of things primarily sets up the Vagrantfile. Developers just know the Vagrant workflow (up, destroy, ssh). Usually developers know "just enough Linux" to `vagrant ssh` and do useful things, but definitely not enough Linux to run it as a primary dev platform.

And it is growing more and more common that most developers in larger organizations don't even know Vagrant is being used under the covers because it is being masked by higher level scripts ("click button to start dev environment"). Under NDA I can't say any names here, but it is more common than you think.


It's quite common. I've worked at several companies, including BSkyB where the developer team is supported by a devops team - the devops write Vagrant scripts which bootstrap a VM that closely mimics the production environment and include all the necessary services ready to run such as nginx and php or ruby, meanwhile the devs all work on Macs and have enough command-line-fu to do development work, but certainly not enough to provision a Linux virtual machine and set up said services.


Basically, yes. Used in this manner it's a lower friction version of slapping vmdk's on a web server (or 'how we used to do it')




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