The developer of Nginx is maintaining "Pre-Built Linux Packages for Stable" at http://nginx.org/en/download.html for RedHat, CentOS, Debian, and Ubuntu. These are often superior to what is packaged with these distributions. We should be able to use those.
initial stab at installing nginx.org ubuntu packages
I have tried merging the overlap https://github.com/opscode-cookbooks/nginx/pull/77/files
Thank you for this @dje. After code review, we were reminded of @ChrisLundquist's ticket and updated PR #77 for both Ubuntu/Debian and RHEL support. ❤️