Talos Linux is a modern Linux distribution built for Kubernetes. (by siderolabs)

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  • There are only 12 binaries in Talos Linux
    5 projects | news.ycombinator.com | 4 Mar 2024
    Super cool. I always enjoy reading about systems that challenge, well, "ossified" assumptions. An OS not providing a shell, for example? Madness! ... or is it genius, if the OS has a specific purpose...? It's thought-provoking, if nothing else.

    I'm a bit skeptical of parts. For instance, the "init" binary being less than 400 lines of golang - wow! And sure, main.go [1] is less than 400 lines and very readable. Then you squint at the list of imported packages, or look to the left at the directory list and realize main.go isn't nearly the entire init binary.

    That `talosctl list` invocation [2] didn't escape my notice either. Sure, the base OS may have only a handful of binaries - how many of those traditional utilities have been stuffed into the API server? Not that I disagree with the approach! I think every company eventually replaces direct shell access with a daemon like this. It's just that "binary footprint" can get a bit funny if you have a really sophisticated API server sitting somewhere.

    [1]: https://github.com/siderolabs/talos/blob/main/internal/app/m...

    [2]: https://www.talos.dev/v1.6/reference/cli/#talosctl-list

  • Show HN: Workout Tracker – self-hosted, single binary web application
    6 projects | news.ycombinator.com | 29 Feb 2024
    Where `kube.cue` sets reasonable defaults (e.g. image is /). The "cluster" runs on a mini PC in my basement, and I have a small Digital Ocean VM with a static IP acting as an ingress (networking via Tailscale). Backups to cloud storage with restic, alerting/monitoring with Prometheus/Grafana, Caddy/Tailscale for local ingress.

    [1] https://www.talos.dev/

    [2] https://cuelang.org/

  • Google/Gvisor: Application Kernel for Containers
    3 projects | news.ycombinator.com | 2 Jan 2024
    Looks somewhat similar to the talos Linux project[1]

    [1] https://www.talos.dev/

  • Gokrazy – Go Appliances
    9 projects | news.ycombinator.com | 18 Dec 2023
    Talos Linux basically implements their entire userspace in Go and its similar to BottleRocketOS, because it is designed to host Kubernetes.


  • Old Unix programs running on modern computers
    3 projects | news.ycombinator.com | 26 Oct 2023
    You might be surprised to find that Talos os (linux distro for kubernetes) mostly uses Go: https://github.com/siderolabs/talos
  • Talos Linux – a minimal, hardened Linux distro for running Kubernetes
    1 project | news.ycombinator.com | 11 Oct 2023
  • K3s – Lightweight Kubernetes
    17 projects | news.ycombinator.com | 11 Oct 2023
    I've been using a 3 nuc (actually Ryzen devices) k3s on SuSE MicroOS https://microos.opensuse.org/ for my homelab for a while, and I really like it. They made some really nice decisions on which parts of k8s to trim down and which Networking / LB / Ingress to use.

    The option to use sqlite in place of etcd on an even lighter single node setup makes it super interesting for even lighter weight homelab container environment setups.

    I even use it with Longhorn https://longhorn.io/ for shared block storage on the mini cluster.

    If anyone uses it with MicroOS, just make sure you switch to kured https://kured.dev/ for the transactional-updates reboot method.

    I'd love to compare it against Talos https://www.talos.dev/ but their lack of support for a persistent storage partition (only separate storage device) really hurts most small home / office usage I'd want to try.

  • Bottlerocket – Minimal, immutable Linux OS with verified boot
    6 projects | news.ycombinator.com | 23 Sep 2023
    If you’re interested in something not AWS check out Talos https://www.talos.dev/

    It’s been around longer than Bottlerocket

  • What kubernetes platforms do you use in your production environment?
    2 projects | /r/kubernetes | 31 Jul 2023
    Can't talk about work, but my homelab is Azure and Oracle managed k8s (AKS/OKE), with onprem Talos soon (Turing Pi 2). My Flux monorepo has the details. OKE performs noticably worse (update cycle, features, control plane performance), but it provides 4 ARM cores and 24GB RAM free so I can't complain
  • Help with Kubernetes the hard way V1.26
    1 project | /r/kubernetes | 7 Jul 2023
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siderolabs/talos is an open source project licensed under Mozilla Public License 2.0 which is an OSI approved license.

The primary programming language of talos is Go.

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