Since its beginning, Docker has been created by synthesizing elements in Linux and repackaging them in useful ways.

Docker’s next trick is the reverse: using container elements to synthesize distributions of Linux.Today Docker unveiled LinuxKit and the Moby Project, a pair of projects that are intended to allow operating system vendors, do-it-yourselfers, and cutting-edge software creators to create container-native OSes and container-based systems.[ Thinking of striking out on your own? Download InfoWorld’s 29 tips for succeeding as an independent developer for valuable guidance from a solo — and successful — solo programmer. | Keep up with hot topics in programming with InfoWorld’s App Dev Report newsletter. ]
The do-it-yourself kit
LinuxKit, which Docker has been using internally to create Docker Desktop and Cloud, uses containers as a building block for assembling custom Linux distributions.
It provides a minimal system image—35MB at its absolute smallest—with all its system daemons containerized.

Both system components and the software it ships with are delivered in containers.To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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