Docker, the company that sponsors the Docker.org open source project, is gaining allies in making its commercially supported Linux container format a de facto standard. Linux containers are a way of packaging up applications and related software for movement over the network or Internet. Once at their destination, they launch in a standard way and enable multiple containers to run under a single host operating system.
Sun originally pioneered the concept with Solaris Containers. The Linux community has broadened the concept through the Docker project, which was launched with 15 contributors in March 2013 and now is available in its 1.0 version, with 460 developers as contributors.
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