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  • Gokrazy – Go Appliances
    9 projects | | 18 Dec 2023
    Another project that aims to deliver this is Linuxkit ( All the components they ship are written in memory safe languages (usually Go) and run as containers under containerd. You can build a custom image very easily, fully defined as a YAML file.
  • How to connect to a docker container service when it's running on a mac?
    2 projects | /r/selfhosted | 12 Apr 2023
  • An overview of single-purpose Linux distributions
    4 projects | | 17 Feb 2023
    docker-the-company maintained when I worked there. I have no idea who maintains it now, but it looks like it is still active (presumably still docker-the-company, since their adopters list [1] lists docker desktop).


  • Create a minimalist OS using Docker Containers and Hashicorp Packer
    3 projects | | 18 Sep 2022
    LF-Edge EVE project leverages Linuxkit to create custom OSs for Edge Devices which in turn leverages Containers as Lego Blocks
  • RootFS Tooling
    6 projects | /r/LinuxNotes | 14 Nov 2021
    LinuxKit - Docker
  • Unpopular opinion: I was promised lightweight containers but I got yet another VM
    1 project | /r/devops | 27 Oct 2021
    Behind the scenes Docker Desktop for Mac spawns a linuxkit VM with a bit of extra stuff like NFS to enable mounting Mac paths into containers. In the Docker Desktop settings you'll find the current resource assignment for that VM. That is pretty much reserved for docker so that it does not have to compete with MacOS processes for available resources.
  • Open source components of Docker for Mac
    1 project | | 4 Sep 2021
  • What happened to the nice Ansible cloud (provisioning) listing?
    2 projects | /r/ansible | 3 Aug 2021
    That said... you might want to check out linuxkit
  • Ask HN: How are you using unikernels?
    8 projects | | 27 May 2021
    The definition of what a unikernel is needs to be narrowed down, a lot of these projects in the space (not all the ones listed above) have material differences that are not clear:

    - some run only one language

    - some require recompilation

    - some essentially swap out libraries, others do something closer to dropping your already mostly static binary in a minimal disk image

    - some build pid1 processes, others VMs images

    Anyway, here are some additional entries in the space:


    - (more embedded/minimal VM than unikernel)

    - (runs on Solo5)

    I am going through using Linuxkit to build AMIs for cloud providers now. I wouldn’t necessarily class linuxkit as a universal project because it doesn’t have the hallmark blurring of user and kernel space or kernel-as-a-library but you can customize the kernel so it’s an adjacent idea, and I think it’s the one most likely to be in actual use at non-hyperscalers.

  • Unikraft: Fast, Specialized Unikernels the Easy Way
    5 projects | | 27 Apr 2021
    I believe there is growing interest in providing leaner, "trimmed" runtimes for services deployed to the cloud. Today, this is seen largely by specializing the Linux kernel for, for example, container services[0] or in general[1], as much as that is possible (the paper above covers this problem in greater detail). But, Unikernels in themselves are not yet widely adopted. This is the space Unikraft is aiming to enter, providing the ultimate level of specialization for a target application.

    It's clear that bigger players, such as Red Hat[2] are interested in the topic of unikernels, and that cloud providers are preparing for this future too [3].


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