The project Fedora is Red Hat, the main sponsor and original developer of the distribution, have announced the availability of Fedora CoreOS, new edition of the GNU / Linux operating system designed specifically to perform container-based workloads while minimizing maintenance.
Fedora CoreOS is now stable as a distribution facility for managing containers
Although the first platforms to run containers on are starting to appear bare metal, i.e. eliminating as much as possible the various layers between the hardware and the software executed inside the containers, there is still a need for operating systems that act as host for containers.
Fedora CoreOS does just that and offers automatic updates, support for the Linux Foundation Open Container Initiative, security via SELinux and additional functionality via modules easy to install. These features make Fedora CoreOS an ideal Linux distribution for system administrators to focus on the containers instead of the environment in which they are run.
The platform is in active development and is now released for the first time as stable software ready for production environments, as reported Phoronix.
Fedora CoreOS can be run directly on the hardware, but also virtualized within VMware servers or with QEMU, as well as through OpenStack. And also available in all AWS regions and are available images for the clouds of Microsoft, Google and Alibaba. Furthermore, it can also be run directly in RAM via images live.
Future plans for the project include compatibility with a larger number of processor platforms and architectures in addition to x86_64 (eg POWER) and closer integration with Kubernetes distributions such as OKD.
Further information on the project is available on the official website.