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VMware has created its very own Linux distribution, dubbed 'Project Photon', as part of an effort to create a stack for what it's calling “Cloud-Native applications”. The rest of us would probably call them “microservices”, the technique of spawning instances of an application to handle a small user population – maybe even an …

  1. alain williams Silver badge

    Will it really obey the GPL ?

    Or will this be another case of VMware ripping off open source. There is already one case rumbling to court in Germany:

    https://lwn.net/Articles/635290/

    1. FPFL

      Re: Will it really obey the GPL ?

      GitHub link. Cool.

      https://github.com/vmware/photon

  2. Lusty

    Look at this lovely wheel we've invented...

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Thought I'd heard the name before wrt lightweight OS stuff...

    Anyone in VMware land know how to use a search engine?

    Any trademark lawyers short of a couple of thousand dollars?

    Anyways, I'm pleased to hear VMware's stuff 'only' needs 300MB.

    A decade or more ago, QNX did a demo of OS, networking, and their Photon microGUI.

    All running on a generic x86 off a 1.44MB floppy. Yes 1point44MB not 144 MB.

    Any guesses as to how big the "attack surface(s)" might be if it was done right?

    Don'tcha love progress.

    http://www.qnx.co.uk/developers/docs/6.4.1/neutrino/sys_arch/photon.html (and doubtless elsewhere)

    http://toastytech.com/guis/qnxdemo.html (simple writeup)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K_VlI6IBEJ0 Corresponding demo video (only 3 minutes)

    (Caution: turn the sound right down)

  4. CliveM

    This approach is held to be a better way to scale than conventional tiered application models, with Google's two-billion-containers-a-week regime and Netflix's use of a containerised content delivery network often cited as validation for that assertion.

    Personally whenever things like that are cited as evidence my gut reaction is that if that's the best you can come up with then their is no precedent at all. Things like NoSQL in particular come to mind there but let's get one thing straight: if you are in the position to be making decisions on things like this you are likely a much smaller shop. You are not Google, you are not Facebook, you are not Microsoft, and you are not Netflix.

    These are massive companies with particular requirements. There may be at most fifty such institutions worldwide. What they need to do is on an entirely different scale to your much more humble requirements. Yes, they may use x, y and z but they have IT staff in the thousands and budgets in the billions: they have the resources available to keep the plates spinning on their sticks. You probably don't and unless they become available the comparison is not an appropriate one.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Netflix use aws virtual machines. Not containers

      Not at the moment anyway.

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