Red Hat Launches Its Docker-Centric Atomic Host Linux Distribution


Almost a year ago, Red Hat announced its plans to launch a Docker-centric version of its Enterprise Linux distribution and after a long beta, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 Atomic Host is now generally available. With Atomic Host, Red Hat is throwing its hat into the Docker ring and joining the likes of CoreOS in the enterprise container OS space.

Project Atomic, which forms the basis of this distribution, is a Red Hat-sponsored project for developing a relatively lean operating system that’s designed to run Docker containers. In this respect, it’s a bit like Canonical’s various Snappy editions Ubuntu Core, which also focus on giving users a basic but secure base operating system for their container deployments.

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