Michael Chiang

Announcing Docker Toolbox: The fastest way to get Docker running in development

Today we’re announcing a new installer for Mac OS X and Windows called Docker Toolbox. We’ve been hearing again and again that it can be difficult to get up and started with Docker in development, particularly when you’ve got your app defined with Compose and then have to install Compose separately. With the popularity of Compose, Kitematic and Boot2Docker, we realized we needed to make all the pieces work better together.

Tiny Docker Operating Systems

In a recent post, The New Minimalist Operating Systems, I briefly described three new OSs designed with Docker in mind.  I also mentioned Boot2Docker, which I considered to be the smallest (23MB) Docker-focused OS at the time.  Less than two weeks later, a new tiny Docker OS has arrived: RancherOS.  If you are interested in what makes these two very minimal OSs tick, read on.

The New Minimalist Operating Systems

Part of my work on the Technical Alliances team at Docker involves exploring innovative projects our ecosystem partners are working on.  One area that has seen radical change in recent years is the operating system (OS).  You may have noticed some new OS releases: CoreOS (August 2013), Project Atomic (April 2014), and more recently Snappy Ubuntu Core (December 2014). These are all minimalist OSs designed to host Docker applications and simplify your infrastructure.  If you are interested in the distinguishing features of each and how they differ from traditional Linux distributions, read on.

Aanand Prasad

Fig 1.0: boot2docker compatibility and more

Today’s a big day for Fig, our Docker-based development environment tool: we’re releasing version 1.0. It’s the first and last major version increment, as we’re already hard at work building the functionality Fig provides into Docker itself. There’s an absolute ton of improvements in this one, but the most wonderful is that Fig now works out-of-the-box with boot2docker on OS X, because volumes on the host now work the way you expect them to (for more on how that works, see the Docker 1.3 announcement). This means Mac users need suffer unofficial solutions no more: run the standard Docker installer, then download Fig and you’re off. Beyond that, we’ve got new commands, .dockerignore support and many more improvements too numerous to list here. Take a look at the release notes and bask in the goodness. If you’re already a user, Continue reading…

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Nathan LeClaire

Ten Docker Tips and Tricks That Will Make You Sing A Whale Song of Joy

As a Solutions Engineer at Docker Inc., I’ve been able to accumulate all sorts of good Docker tips and tricks.  The sheer quantity of information available in the community is pretty overwhelming, and there are a lot of good tips and tricks that can make your workflow easier (or provide a little fun) which you could easily miss. Once you’ve mastered the basics, the creative possibilities are pretty endless.  The “Cambrian Explosion” of creativity that Docker is provoking is extremely exciting. So I’m going to share ten of my favorite tips and tricks with you guys. Ready? Run Docker on a VPS for extra speed Bind mount the docker socket on docker run Use containers as highly disposable dev environments bash is your friend Insta-nyan Edit /etc/hosts/ with the boot2docker IP address on OSX docker inspect -f voodoo Super easy terminals in-browser with wetty nsenter Continue reading…