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This morning a group of us here at Dell met with Ben Golub, Jerome Petazzoni and Nick Stinemates of dotCloud, the company behind the wildly popular open source project, Docker, “the Linux container engine.”  They came to sample the great barbecue and to chat about how Docker might potentially work with Project Sputnik, the Crowbar Project and a few other efforts.

Docker, which went live in March, already has 150 contributors, 60,000+ downloads and thousands of applications containerized and uploaded to their registry.   Given the fact that the company only has 18 employees, quite a bit of this work has been done by the passionate community that has formed in the first six months.

Overview and Tech Talk

I did two interviews with the gents from Docker, a higher-level overview with Ben, their CEO, and a more technical talk with SRE manager Jerome and Nick, Docker's sales and deployment engineers.  Enjoy!

Some of the ground Ben covers:

  • What is Docker?
  • How it developed out of dotCloud’s PaaS efforts
  • How Ben got involved with the project and his background
  • What are dotCloud’s plans for Docker and who is integrating with it?

Some of the ground Jerome and Nick cover:

  • How long they’ve been involved and what they focus on
  • How Docker works with LXC and how it might work without LXC
  • Ubuntu is recommended but all you need is AUFS support
  • In the next release they plan to offer official support beyond Ubuntu
  • Holy DevOps, Batman! Docker has something to offer Devs, QA Engineers, continuous  integration and Sys Ops.

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