Linux containers

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Linux containers is a generic term for an implementation of operating system-level virtualization for the Linux operating system. Currently, a number of such implementations exist, and they are all based on the virtualization, isolation, and resource management mechanisms provided by the Linux kernel, notably Linux namespaces and cgroups.[1]

The term Linux containers may refer to one of the following technologies:

  • Docker, first released on 13 March 2013; 5 years ago (2013-03-13)
  • Linux-VServer
  • lmctfy, initially developed by Google and released on 13 October 2013; 5 years ago (2013-10-13) and not actively developed since 2015.
  • LXC (Linux Containers), first released on August 6, 2008; 10 years ago (2008-08-06)[2]
  • LXD
  • OpenVZ
  • Rkt, developed by CoreOS Inc
  • Singularity
  • Snappy
  • systemd-nspawn[3]


  1. ^ Rami, Rosen. "Namespaces and Cgroups, the basis of Linux Containers" (PDF). Retrieved 18 August 2016.
  2. ^ "LXC - Linux Containers". Retrieved 2014-11-10.
  3. ^ Poettering, Lennart. "systemd For Administrators, Part XXI". Retrieved 2 July 2016.

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