Should We Replace Docker Desktop With Rancher Desktop?

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  • GitHub repo epinio

    Opinionated platform that runs on Kubernetes, that takes you from App to URL in one step.

    For dev work, we also are working on a project called Epinio which takes a bit of a different approach to developing on top of Kubernetes. (https://epinio.io)

  • GitHub repo nerdctl

    contaiNERD CTL - Docker-compatible CLI for containerd, with support for Compose, Rootless, eStargz, OCIcrypt, IPFS, ...

    Rancher Desktop now includes a tool called nerdctl. This is a sub-project of containerd and provides a Docker compatible-ish CLI. I say "ish" because there are some features and flags that are not yet implemented. If you run commands like `docker run`, `docker build`, etc you can use `nerdctl run`, `nerdctl build`, etc.

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  • GitHub repo harvester

    Open source hyperconverged infrastructure (HCI) software

    They got acquired by SUSE, but since then they've release new projects like Harvester or KubeWarden in the same way as when they were a separate company.

  • GitHub repo longhorn

    Cloud-Native distributed storage built on and for Kubernetes

    All of their projects have been fully open, monetized with enterprise support. They straight up fully donated their storage project to the CNCF. They've been good stewards of all the tools so far with ones like k3s greatly benefitting the community. And have put a decent amount of effort into putting resources supporting issues on even non-paid issues on the GitHub projects.

  • GitHub repo k3s

    Lightweight Kubernetes

    All of their projects have been fully open, monetized with enterprise support. They straight up fully donated their storage project to the CNCF. They've been good stewards of all the tools so far with ones like k3s greatly benefitting the community. And have put a decent amount of effort into putting resources supporting issues on even non-paid issues on the GitHub projects.

  • GitHub repo lima

    Linux virtual machines, on macOS (aka "Linux-on-Mac", "macOS subsystem for Linux", "containerd for Mac", unofficially)

    You can find the issue at https://github.com/lima-vm/lima/issues/20. Lima is the underlying project we're using and it wraps qemu.

NOTE: The number of mentions on this list indicates mentions on common posts plus user suggested alternatives. Hence, a higher number means a more popular project.

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