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Should Docker Move To a Non-Profit Foundation? 47

darthcamaro writes "Docker has become the new hotness in virtualization technology — but it is still a project that is led by the backing of a single vendor — Docker Inc. Is that a problem? Should there be an open-source Foundation to manage the governance and operation of the Docker project? In a video interview — Docker founder and Benevolent Dictator for Life Solomon Hykes says — No."
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Should Docker Move To a Non-Profit Foundation?

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday September 06, 2014 @07:47PM (#47843331)

    I will wait to see what Bennett Haselton has to say about it.

    • If it's managed well, who cares what the organization / tax structure of the backers are.

      If it gets mismanaged by an individual, you'll get dozens of non-profits as well as corporations that are welcome to fork it and try to convince people to use their own forks

      If it gets mismanaged by a non-profit, you'll get dozens of commercial companies and individuals that are welcome to fork it and try to convince people to use their own forks.

      In the end, the best managed fork will win; regardless of how it's t

  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday September 06, 2014 @07:53PM (#47843353)

    Foundations are used when an established product has such a broad userbase that representing it well requires an independent group of people.

    A foundation for a thing which is as of now just a tool to assist in using other tools seems overkill. Unless your point is to hype the company.

    I understand that this company just got another round of financing ... (according to wikipedia).

    Perhaps someone out there wants their stock to go up by discussing it.

    Rest assured, this company will fail or succeed on its own and will LIKELY BE REPLACED BY SOMETHING BETTER if the company starts acting like dicks...
    Or if their investors do.

    I hope it annoys you I didn't use the company name once in here.

    See OP.


    • by jopsen ( 885607 )

      Rest assured, this company will fail or succeed on its own and will LIKELY BE REPLACED BY SOMETHING BETTER if the company starts acting like dicks...

      I agree... Another factor to consider is the fact the codebase is fairly small... I have first hand dived into because of lacking docs...
      Compared to a product like LibreOffice/OpenOffice, apache, Firefox, Linux, docker is very small project. So launching a competing product isn't that hard...

  • by Anonymous Coward

    Node.js was the problem, and Docker was just shifting that problem to another place in the pipeline.

  • ...and you now expect me to give it away?

    I really need to get to Starbucks and find out just what in the hell all the hipsters are sucking down. Apparently it's a Venti Capitalism with a New Math chaser that doesn't add up for shit.

    • Actually, docker is already open source. The question is really whether something that's valueable to the open source community needs to be driven by a single company; it's an interesting question. The product though has always been free.
      • Given that it's both free, and free as in Apache 2.0, it's arguably a question that will sort itself out(though this doesn't make discussion and conjecture on the matter illegitimate or anything). Aside from the trademarks, there's nothing stopping anyone from striking out and having their own docker-in-all-but-name. So long as Docker, Inc. appears to be handling the benevolent dictatorship thing competently there isn't much incentive, though, unless you just adore maintaining a fork for the sake of it. If
  • by visualight ( 468005 ) on Saturday September 06, 2014 @08:11PM (#47843425) Homepage

    Hype Shmype...

    LXC is the core technology, and the part that's actually revolutionary (for linux). Docker is a cool, well thought out, popular, easy-to-use (etc. ad nauseum) front end to LXC. Yes, I know there some interesting features, but I remain unimpressed. It's still a FRONT END to containers. Honestly I don't know why there aren't several competing front-ends like what happened with cd burning software. Maybe because the people competent to make one just don't care -they are still using LXC directly. It -is- drop dead simple.

    I know I for one don't want application containers anyway, what's it save me a few hundred MB of disk space? Whatever, I'm still using LXC extensively every day, and I still haven't gone past the front page of Dockers website.

    • LXC is the core technology, and the part that's actually revolutionary (for linux).

      LXC is not really revolutionary, OpenVZ and Linux-VServer provided linux containerization for many many years.

      I expect someone to come along any minute now and say that Docker no longer uses LXC anyway, now it uses libcontainer. This isn't true, libcontainer is just another frontend to LXC, libvirt being the first project to run a LXC without using the LXC userland.

      http://linux-vserver.org/ [linux-vserver.org]

      http://openvz.org/ [openvz.org]

    • In some ways it has some interesting usages. I can spin up a few hundred CentOS boxes (A lot of places use redhat even though I tend towards debian based distros personally) and have them configured with Salt to simulate a flexible cloud architecture, do integration tests, or a bazillion other things. As for the way it functions differently than the lxc containers, that's another story. It's build on aufs (though has support for other systems) and thus also does versionioning on write. I can tag anything at
    • by gmuslera ( 3436 )

      LXC existed for some years so far, and the same for containers and similar technologies in other platforms. What Docker added over lxc is adding the use of an unionfs for reusing/improving containers, a simple way to share them, and a simple but powerful command line utility and api to manage them.

      There is nothing so special in sulphur, charcoal and salt peter, but do the right mix with them and you get something explosive (and used in revolutions, too)

    • by csirac ( 574795 ) on Saturday September 06, 2014 @09:11PM (#47843677)

      Before docker, as a (not necessarily web) developer I used vagrant to create reproducible environments and build artefacts from a very small set of files. The goal being: I should be able to git clone a very tiny repo tracking a few KiB of scripts and declartiive stuff/config, which - when run - pulls down dependencies, reproduces a build toolchain/environment, performs the build, and delivers substantially identical artefacts regardless of which machine I run it from. I should be able look at an artefact in 2-3 years time, look it up in our version history and reproduce it easily.

      Achieving this isn't so easy. Even if I had been using LXC all along I still wouldn't have had the main thing from Dockerfiles that I enjoy: cached build steps. I've been cornered due to time pressures in the past where I can't afford to tweak everything nicely so I've had to release build artefacts from a process which isn't captured in the automation (i.e. I manually babysat the build to meet a requirement on time). This is because hour-long builds make for maybe 3-4 iterations per day, so you have one thread of work where you're hacking interactively while you wait to see if the automation was able to deliver the result you were up to an hour or two ago. I still have this to an extent with Docker (adjust build step and re-run, or step in interactively to explore what's needed) but because Dockerfile steps are cached these iterations are massively accelerated and there's only a handful of occasions where I had to bypass this process now.

      I can't speak for using Docker to actually containerize running applications (that's not how I use it), but just this narrow usage of Docker has helped my productivity enormously.

      • I've never used Docker and I've always had cached build steps. It takes less than a second create a handful of [new] containers, making reusable containers basically useless.

        • by csirac ( 574795 )

          Docker's transparent caching of RUN/ADD/etc Dockerfile steps has nothing to do with reusable containers. That "it takes less than a second [to] create a handful of [new] containers" is just as true for docker as it is for plain old LXC.

          There are two sentences here but I'm not sure how they relate to each other, or the docker feature I'm discussing.

    • Docker is a cool, well thought out, popular, easy-to-use (etc. ad nauseum) front end to LXC

      The front end is where open source tends to fail. Falls flat on its face. Have you ever wondered why?

    • by liquidweaver ( 1988660 ) on Sunday September 07, 2014 @12:04AM (#47844281)

      Docker does not use LXC anymore by default, fwiw.

  • by lseltzer ( 311306 ) on Saturday September 06, 2014 @08:56PM (#47843621)
    If he thinks he can make it successful as a commercial enterprise, why shouldn't he?
    • seriously. this guy made a product that everybody finds useful. it is now the default choice. Good for this guy and his hard work. he should make bank for his efforts; everybody else in SV is doing it. if some rich benefactor feels strongly enough that this should be managed by a foundation, then he or she can drop a several $m to buy this guy out and open it up. Or, perhaps the community cares enough to crowdsource some cash, but that's unlikely. The alternative choice is that oracle buys this guy's shizz
  • One of the reasons that OpenStack is such a mess is because it is a conglomeration of 1000 vested interests pulling it in a 1000 different directions. The same goes for numerous high profit non profits out there. The good thing about Docker Inc. running Docker is that it is a small team with a vision and one that knows what it wants.

    There's also the thing that 'non profits' that are established at an early stage to run a project aren't really non profits, because they are funded and consequently influenced

    • s,high profit non profits,high profile non profits ...although the mistyped version has some amusement and juice to it...

  • Just because you once pushed a commit doesn't mean you get to tell the owner to go non-profit.

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