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GitHub User: kenn
chef-solo is cool, but it could be quite involving when your need is pretty simple.
With Sunzi, installing git-core on Linode is about 5 commands:
$ sunzi create
$ cd sunzi
$ sunzi setup linode
$ echo "apt-get -y install git-core" >> install.sh
$ sunzi deploy yourhost.com
Could you try that out? :)
I wrote a very simple provisioning tool to help people setup a new instance on VPS. It has a bonus feature to setup / teardown Linode instances interactively, by choosing plans and datacenters, etc.
I hope this helps to anyone who scratched their head dealing with chef / chef-solo!