Why aren't operating systems more like applications?
We live in an era of application microservices, even nanoservices. Each application serves precisely its purpose, living for exactly how long it needs. When we need it to do something else, we either create a distinct service, or rebuild and replace the existing one. Applications last seconds to minutes, at best hours.

What's good for the application goose, is great for the operating system gander.

Welcome to LinuxKit, a modern operating system composer. You compose precisely the components you need into a super-lightweight distribution, deploy it, and then throw it away when no longer needed.

In this talk, we will:

  1. Introduce LinuxKit, its history and purpose, and how it differs radically from the operating system distributions with which you likely are familiar.
  2. Delve into LinuxKit's design and architecture.
  3. Explore how LinuxKit offers new ways of operating, plugging operating systems as first-class citizens directly into our deployment pipelines.

And, of course, we will build and deploy immutable, bootable, purpose-built images in minutes live on-stage.


Avi Deitcher

Managing Consultant @Atomic Inc.

Avi Deitcher has been an engineer and businessman for over 20 years, designing and implementing technology, strategy and operations. He loves technology, but most importantly he loves what it enables us to do as individuals and businesses. He uses his time helping clients implement technology...

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