Moby, LinuxKit Kick Off New Docker Collaboration Phase

Moby, LinuxKit Kick Off New Docker Collaboration Phase

By Jack M. Germain

Apr 20, 2017 3:36 PM PT

Docker this week introduced two new projects at DockerCon with an eye to helping operating system vendors, software creators and in-house tinkerers create container-native OSes and container-based systems.

The projects are based on a new model for cross-ecosystem collaboration and the advancement of containerized software. Both projects aim to help users adopt container technology for all major technology platforms used in data centers and the cloud, as well as in the Internet of Things.

The Moby Project provides a library of components, plus a framework for assembling them into custom container-based systems. It also provides a community center for container enthusiasts to experiment and exchange ideas.

LinuxKit bundles the tools to build custom Linux subsystems with just the components the runtime platform requires for Linux container functionality. It provides the Linux elements otherwise missing as a component for a container platform on non-Linux systems such as Mac and Windows computers.

The projects have a shared goal of advancing the software containerization movement and helping take containers mainstream. The two projects mark the start of Docker’s next phase of container innovation, said David Messina, senior vice president of marketing at Docker.

The new projects provide a way to create, share, use and build container systems that was not possible with any open source project in the past, he said.

Moby’s open source structure enables Docker to collaborate on architecture, design and experimentation with bleeding-edge features, Messina told LinuxInsider.

Docker developed LinuxKit in collaboration with Silicon partner ARMl, infrastructure providers like HPE, and cloud companies including Microsoft and IBM. Docker released LinuxKit as an open source project to be managed by The Linux Foundation under its open-governance practices.

The Moby Project and LinuxKit make customer use of Docker technology easier and more effective. The new phase of evolution is mainstream deployment, tied to the increasing specialization of use cases across all industries, said Messina.

“Both these projects are about leveraging interchangeable containerized components to create new systems,” he explained.

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