CoreOS, OCI Unveil Controversial Open Container Industry Standard

CoreOS, OCI Unveil Controversial Open Container Industry Standard

By Jack M. Germain

Jul 20, 2017 3:25 PM PT

CoreOS and the
Open Container Initiative on Wednesday introduced image and runtime specifications largely based on Docker’s image format technology.

However, OCI’s decision to model the standard on Docker’s de facto platform has raised questions. Some critics have argued for other options.

Version 1.0 provides a stable standard for application containers, according to Brandon Philips, CTO at CoreOS and chair of the OCI Technical Oversight Board.

Having a standard created by industry leaders should spur OCI partners to develop further standards and innovation, he said.

Reaching the 1.0 mark means that the OCI Runtime Spec and the OCI Image Format Spec now are ready for broad use. Further, this achievement will push the OCI community to help stabilize a growing market of interoperable pluggable tools, Philips added.

The industry-supported standards also will provide a sense of confidence that containers are here to stay, he said, and that Kubernetes users can expect future support.

“The outcome is really good. The certification process is under way now,” Philips told LinuxInsider.

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