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VMWare Project Photon Linux distribution

VMWare has created its own Linux distribution, called ‘Project Photon’.

VMWare Photon

VMWare Photon

Project Photon is a stack for what VMWare is calling “Cloud-Native applications”. In fact it’s a lightweight implementation of Linux built specifically for running application containers.

Photon is a lightweight (about 300 MB) Linux distro that supports 3 environments: Docker, rkt and Pivotal’s Garden. It is designed to have a small footprint and boot extremely quickly on VMware platforms.

  • Optimized for vSphere – Validated on VMware product and provider platforms.
  • Container support – Supports Docker, rkt, and the Pivotal Garden container specifications.
  • Efficient lifecycle management – contains a new, open-source, yum-compatible package manager that will help make the system as small as possible, but preserve the robust yum package management capabilities.

Project Photon is released as an open source project and is available for download immediately through GitHub here.