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Docker Orchestration by Randall Smith

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Introducing Docker-specific distributions

One of the benefits of running services with Docker is that the server distribution no longer matters. If your application needs CentOS tools, it can run in a container based on CentOS. The same is true for Ubuntu. In fact, services running in containers based on different distributions can run side-by-side without issue. This has led to a push for very thin, Docker-specific distributions.

These distributions have one purpose: to run Docker containers. As such, they are very small and very limited in what comes out of the box. This a huge benefit to cloud wranglers everywhere. Fewer tools mean fewer updates and more uptime. It also means that the host OS has a much smaller attack surface, giving you greater ...

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