This episode of Developer Things features guest Rob Reynolds. Rob is the founder and CEO of Chocolatey, an open source package manager for Windows.
Rob started out as a developer of business apps for organizations, but he was interested in automation and had a dream of owning his own business one day. Eventually, he started working on NuGet, a package manager for .NET. The idea of Chocolatey evolved out of that experience. Chocolatey has been in business for about six years.
Some highlights of this podcast include:
- Rob explains what Chocolatey does and how it’s used.
- A discussion of how many people are using Chocolatey and what they’re using it for.
- Some of the most common installs with Chocolatey include Flash player, Google Chrome, Adobe Reader, Java, and Firefox.
- How the idea of Chocolatey has evolved between the time that it started and now.
- How Rob used Kickstarter to crowdsource the funds to cover the costs for Chocolatey.
- The major selling points for Chocolatey.
- How businesses can purchase Chocolatey for business.
- What new things are coming for Chocolatey in 2018, including a central management dashboard.
Quotes by Rob:
“Chocolatey itself has had over 105 million downloads.”
“I had an idea of something that was going to help me out, then I wanted to share it with others.”
“We’ve never considered Chocolatey really a finished product, just because we know that there are so many things that we can do with it.”