Earlier this week, VMware launched its lightweight operating system tailored for running Linux containers. Naturally, I was interested to see what VMware was cooking up, since that’s the same target we have for Project Atomic.
First, it’s great to see more interest in solving the problem of running Linux containers at scale. Even better, VMware seems to be interested in doing its work in the open. It’s always great to see companies that traditionally lean towards proprietary software taking steps towards doing more open source work. More open source work, even when it’s similar to other projects, is almost always a Good Thing™.
That said, I’d like to encourage VMware to consider whether they need to start from scratch with Project Photon. Creating an operating system from scratch is not trivial in the least, and there’s a lot of work that could be shared between Photon and Atomic.
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