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  • fast, easy HTTPS in your local dev environment
    7 projects | | 20 Mar 2024
    If you don't need a GUI, the following combo works pretty well:



  • Damn Small Linux 2024
    10 projects | | 1 Feb 2024
    You might look into CoLima as a way to get started.

    Its user interface is Docker-like, using containers.

    For full desktop, I've only used the commercial app "Parallels", which can set up an Ubuntu desktop for you. Also Fedora and Alpine and Debian I believe.


    > I don't really have any resources to share. I just know how to boot a vmlinuz with an initramfs using QEMU, and decided to download the Linux kernel source code and try compiling it.

    I highly recommend working through Linux from Scratch and possibly the Gentoo Handbook. It's a journey.

  • Howto: WASM runtimes in Docker / Colima
    5 projects | | 12 Jan 2024
    I could not find any guide how to add WASM container capability to Docker running on Colima. This guide provides a few Colima templates for exactly this, which adds WasmEdge, Wasmtime and Wasmer runtime types.
  • RamRamRamEveryoneSleepingOnDocker
    3 projects | /r/ProgrammerHumor | 7 Dec 2023
    Colima runs much faster on Macos:
  • Podman Desktop v1.5 with Compose onboarding and enhanced Kubernetes pod data
    11 projects | | 3 Nov 2023
    After docker desktop became unusable, I jumped to colima and never looked back. I still use the docker runtime in it (the non-proprietary part) but it also supports containerd. On Mac it's just a "brew install colima" and then "colima start"

    I also install the compose and ecr credentials plug-ins (since I use ecr for my container registry.) It has the full functionality of docker desktop minus the UI, which I never used anyways.

  • K3s – Lightweight Kubernetes
    17 projects | | 11 Oct 2023
    On my M1 Pro system, I have nothing but positive things to say about the experience of using Colima ( Quick to set up and fast to use.
  • abiosoft/colima
    1 project | /r/programming | 4 Sep 2023
  • UTM – Virtual Machines for iOS and macOS
    9 projects | | 30 Aug 2023
    I'd say Lima and Colima should be enough for most use cases:

  • Lazydocker
    19 projects | | 18 Jul 2023
    The bash/zsh equivalent wouldn't be too hard, but I use fish.


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    [3] I’m on OrbStack now, but it isn’t so much better at how I use Docker than Colima is that I think that it’s an instant buy, especially with the planned subscription model. If I used anything other than the Docker integration, I might think it's better, but as of right now, no.

    I also have some issues with its insistence on asking for elevated permissions. I will never grant permission[4] to make a symlink to the "standard" Docker socket; context and `$DOCKER_HOST` work well enough. It should not ask if the permission hasn't been given once. I also worry about other "advanced" features that may need an elevated permissions helper[5].


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    13 projects | | 17 Jul 2023
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