What’s with the name ?

Cinc is a recursive acronym for CINC Is Not Chef

Who’s involved in this ?

We’re a small group of people trusting a free distribution of Chef is necessary alongside the commercial one made by Chef. To address Chef Software Inc’s trademark policy, we worked in collaboration with them on creating compliant builds of their OSS products.

The Cinc project is an open community, anyone’s free to join us! Don’t care to join the organization? There are other ways to contribute too, see contributing for details.

You can see the team in Gitlab’s Cinc project team tab

The most active contributors are: (name/nickname: primary involvement):

  • Artem Sidorenko (known only as himself!): Top contributor to Cinc auditor.
  • Lance Albertson AKA Ramereth: Providing hosting via the OSUOSL and pipeline definitions.
  • Marc Chamberland AKA BobChaos: Top contributor to Cinc Client and Workstation
  • Tensibai: Pipeline definitions and initial hosting provider.

Is Cinc compatible with upstream products ?

It’s the same code as the original products, only branding is changed.

Cinc provides the exact same value to end-users as the upstream products. Your Chef Infra™ cookbooks will work just as well in Cinc Client.

Transitioning from a Chef Software product to a Cinc project one or vice-versa should be simple and seemless.

Can you guarantee full compliance with Chef Software’s trademark policy or the quality of the software ?

Cinc products are distributed with no warranties or support of any kind.

If those are things that you need I recommend contacting Chef Software Inc directly.

That said, we are receiving guidance directly from them and building the exact same code, substituting only a few constants, so you can reasonably expect both compliance and quality with every release of Cinc products.

Additionally, while we do not officially offer support you’ll find we’re helpful people, feel free to ask for help!

I’m REALLY worried about licensing concerns

The Cinc project’s stated goal is to provide free-as-in-beer distributions. All our binaries are distributed under Apache2.0 now, and for as long as the Cinc projects will produce them.

See goals for more details on our mission statement.

Special thanks to

  • (OSUOSL) which provides the Gitlab CI runners for Linux, Windows and Mac OS builds.
  • Chef Software Inc, which authored and maintains the software and has provided guidance to the Cinc project.
  • The Biome team, who provides both it’s software distribution and advice on how we can improve ours.
  • The Chef Community for your support and feedback
  • Jeremy Bingham AKA ct, for his Goiardi, support and feedback