Open Container Specifications


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Summary and future direction of the open container specifications for application focused containers


Application containers are changing some of the fundamentals of how Linux is used in the server environment. An application container differs from a system container in that the root filesystem for the container is designed to launch a single application instead of a full init.

The open container specifications are an attempt to write-down an interoperable set of specifications for use by different application container runtimes; on Linux this includes Docker, kurma, and rkt. The project involves engineers from a number of different projects and the current status is work-in-progress but there should be some initial releases and significant progress in time for LPC.

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  • Brandonphilips


    Brandon Philips is helping to build modern Linux server infrastructure at CoreOS as CTO. Prior to CoreOS, he worked at Rackspace hacking on cloud monitoring and was a Linux kernel developer at SUSE. As a graduate of Oregon State’s Open Source Lab he is passionate about open source technologies.