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  • Docker, Linux, Security. Kinda.
    7 projects | dev.to | 19 May 2024
    That's how we get distroless. Distroless base images follow the same pattern as alpine base docker images, as in, less functionality while still keeping enough functionality to be able to do the job and minimize the attack surface. Minimizing a base image like this means that the base images are very specialized so we have base images for golang, python, java and the like.
  • Chainguard Images now available on Docker Hub
    3 projects | news.ycombinator.com | 14 Mar 2024
    lots of questions here regarding what this product is. I guess i can provide some information for the context, from a perspective of an outside contributor.

    Chainguard Images is a set of hardened container images.

    They were built by the original team that brought you Google's Distroless (https://github.com/GoogleContainerTools/distroless)

    However, there were few problems with Distroless:

    1. distroless were based on Debian - which in turn, limited to Debian's release cadence for fixing CVE.

    2. distroless is using bazelbuild, which is not exactly easy to contrib, customize, etc...

    3. distroless images are hard to extend.

    Chainguard built a new "undistro" OS for container workload, named Wolfi, using their OSS projects like melange (for packaging pkgs) and apko (for building images).

    The idea is (from my understanding) is that

    1. You don't have to rely on upstream to cut a release. Chainguard will be doing that, with lots of automation & guardrails in placed. This allow them to fix vulnerabilties extremely fast.

  • Language focused Docker images, minus the operating system
    1 project | news.ycombinator.com | 21 Feb 2024
  • Using Alpine can make Python Docker builds 50× slower
    1 project | news.ycombinator.com | 28 Dec 2023
    > If you have one image based on Ubuntu in your stack, you may as well base them all on Ubuntu, because you only need to download (and store!) the common base image once

    This is only true if your infrastructure is static. If your infrastructure is highly elastic, image size has an impact on your time to scale up.

    Of course, there are better choices than Alpine to optimize image size. Distroless (https://github.com/GoogleContainerTools/distroless) is a good example.

  • Smaller and Safer Clojure Containers: Minimizing the Software Bill of Materials
    1 project | /r/Clojure | 7 Dec 2023
  • Long Term Ownership of an Event-Driven System
    4 projects | dev.to | 2 Oct 2023
    The same as our code dependencies, container updates can include security patches and bug fixes and improvements. However, they can also include breaking changes and it is crucial you test them thoroughly before putting them into production. Wherever possible, I recommend using the distroless base image which will drastically reduce both your image size, your risk vector, and therefore your maintenance version going forward.
  • Minimizing Nuxt 3 Docker Images
    2 projects | dev.to | 5 Aug 2023
    # Use a large Node.js base image to build the application and name it "build" FROM node:18-alpine as build WORKDIR /app # Copy the package.json and package-lock.json files into the working directory before copying the rest of the files # This will cache the dependencies and speed up subsequent builds if the dependencies don't change COPY package*.json /app # You might want to use yarn or pnpm instead RUN npm install COPY . /app RUN npm run build # Instead of using a node:18-alpine image, we are using a distroless image. These are provided by google: https://github.com/GoogleContainerTools/distroless FROM gcr.io/distroless/nodejs:18 as prod WORKDIR /app # Copy the built application from the "build" image into the "prod" image COPY --from=build /app/.output /app/.output # Since this image only contains node.js, we do not need to specify the node command and simply pass the path to the index.mjs file! CMD ["/app/.output/server/index.mjs"]
  • Build Your Own Docker with Linux Namespaces, Cgroups, and Chroot
    6 projects | news.ycombinator.com | 26 Jun 2023
    Lots of examples without the entire OS as other comments mention, an example would be Googles distroless[0]

    [0]: https://github.com/GoogleContainerTools/distroless

  • Reddit temporarily ban subreddit and user advertising rival self-hosted platform (Lemmy)
    2 projects | /r/selfhosted | 7 Jun 2023
    Docker doesn't do this all the time. Distroless Docker containers are relatively common. https://github.com/GoogleContainerTools/distroless
  • Why elixir over Golang
    10 projects | /r/elixir | 29 May 2023
    Deployment: https://github.com/GoogleContainerTools/distroless
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