Docker Fork with Alex Williams and Joab Jackson

Docker containers changed how engineers think about building software, and the company most responsible for the widespread adoption of containers is Docker itself. Since containerization has caught on in the mainstream, companies like RedHat, Google, Huawei, and many other big players have built platform products that utilize Docker containers.

Docker containers are the unit that many engineers use to deploy their applications, but the servers that run those containers are usually on infrastructure providers like Amazon, Google, or Rackspace. This raises the question–how will Docker the company make money? Having raised $180M in equity, Docker has plenty of time to find something that works, but there are suspicions in the open source community that aggressive changes to the open source Docker project are being made by Docker the company with the long-term objective of monetization.

These changes–namely the default support for Docker Swarm–are not nefarious, but they might be less likely to occur of Docker were just an open source project, as opposed to an open source project being tended by a well-financed company. 

The New Stack broke the story about the potential Docker Fork, and Alex Williams and Joab Jackson of The New Stack join me on today’s episode. We go deep into the facts and speculations about why a fork might occur, the motivations of different key players, and the disputes within the community that have led us to this moment.


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