The new hotness in the Linux container space (because nobody remembers LXC anymore)

Category Date Link Notes
Base Images 2015 gliderlabs/alpine A minimal Alpine Linux base image
phusion/baseimage-docker an arguably sane Ubuntu base image
CLI codekitchen/dinghy a nice wrapper that sets up a host NFS server and other niceties
Wharfee a nice CLI wrapper
2014 dockersh Segregate logged in users into different containers
Distros 2013 Core OS a lightweight distro focused on containers, since acquired by RedHat
GUI 2016 Portainer a simple NodeJS Web UI
2015 Portus A registry front-end that works with the v2 registry and has some user management features.
2014 Seagull A Web UI for container management
Network 2018 pipework map physical interfaces to specific containers
2015 socketplane Auto-discovery and OVS for inter-host traffic
2014 weave inter-host tunneling, with encryption
OCI Tools 2018 buildah a CLI tool for builting OCI container images from Dockerfiles
Orchestration 2015 Kubernetes The current industry favorite
Rancher Still arguably one of the nicer options in 2018
Other runtimes 2018 Singularity a different take on containers, not quite OCI compliant

Setting up boot2docker manually on Parallels

Since I don’t have Parallels Pro, I run Docker on my older Macs like this:

  • Download a recent release and put the ISO someplace safe
  • Create a new VM manually by dragging the ISO to Parallels (use the Shared or NAT network type)
  • After first boot, use fdisk to create a primary partition in /dev/sda and format it using mkfs.ext4 -L boot2docker-data /dev/sda1
  • Reboot so that it gets mounted and used for certificate storage
  • Do brew install docker (which gets you the CLI)
  • Set up port forwarding for port 2376 and a local port to the VM’s SSH port
  • SSH into the VM (docker/tcuser) and copy the *.pem files from /var/lib/boot2docker/tls to your ~/.docker folder
  • Set and export DOCKER_HOST and DOCKER_TLS_VERIFY accordingly:
export DOCKER_HOST=localhost:2376

Useful Dockerfile Snippets

Base Image Description Dockerfile snippet
Ubuntu Installing the Oracle JDK (and setting the EULA)
RUN echo oracle-java8-installer shared/accepted-oracle-license-v1-1 select true | debconf-set-selections \
 && add-apt-repository -y ppa:webupd8team/java \
 && apt-get install -y java-common oracle-java8-installer oracle-java8-set-default \
 && rm -rf /var/cache/oracle-jdk8-installer

Building The Docker Registry From Scratch (on ARM, too!)

Very simple, really, once you have Go installed. Quite quick on a Raspberry Pi 2, too:

export GOPATH=$HOME/go
export PATH=$GOPATH/bin:$PATH
# this fetches godep and golint
go get
# this fetches and builds the registry
go get
# test it with the default config
$GOPATH/bin/registry $GOPATH/src/