Docker turns 7

Dernière mise à jour : 8 sept. 2021

Happy birthday little boy !

The traditional Docker Birthday Party occurred yesterday evening - March 26th, 2020 - on the YouTube channel as the #myDockerBday Live Show recorded in special conditions due to COVID-19 restrictions, but the presenters did a great great job even when kids were screaming and shouting behind them!

Docker actually turned 7 on March 12th.

This party is the occasion to interact with the community, but this is also - for the community - the opportunity to scrutinize the first steps of Docker since the acquisition of Docker Enterprise by Mirantis.

Public roadmap

Docker Captains first give a few insights about the Docker roadmap - which is now public! No doubt that being more transparent will engage the community of developers to gather feedback, to test specific features with the Edge channels, etc.

It is noteworthy to mention interesting features such as the release of the official Docker Github Action, the vulnerability scan of images on Docker Hub, the rethink of the Compose format or the complete rewrite of docker-compose in Go.

Docker Desktop

Docker Desktop is getting a few new UI features for (Windows) beginners, but not only, with an integrated tutorial and the Container UI Dashboard. And there's still a lot of Docker new comers around the world, as many companies are just beginning or expect to begin their journey to Containers and Kubernetes!

The Container UI dashboard offers a very nice UI equivalent to "docker ps" and much more:

  • start, stop, restart, delete the containers

  • have one-click access to enter the container (docker exec -it) or to open published ports in the Web browser

  • inspect environment variables, mounts or exposed ports

  • watch the logs

  • check the stats about resources, which can really help developers define cpu and memory limits for Docker Compose or Kubernetes

With the recent announcement of WSL2, Windows users - currently only Windows Insiders - are able to code faster with Docker by working directly from the WSL2 distro using a bind-mount. As the HyperV layer and the SAMBA file system sharing disappear from the container landscape, there will be no more performance issues with the Windows File System... Developers will now be able to efficiently work on their Node and Angular projects with Docker on Windows workstations.

And... and... Docker Desktop will become available on the Windows Home edition, but only with Linux containers, as Windows containers is a Windows 10 Pro edition feature. Kids can now play with Docker!

GitHub Actions

The Docker team released a few weeks ago the official Docker Github Action which reduces the friction for deploying to Docker Hub.

GitHub Actions provides a CI/CD solution that integrates seamlessly into GitHub with already dozens of workflows steps (plugins) powered and shared by the Community.

Kubernetes on Docker Desktop

It's been almost 2 years since the introduction of Kubernetes into Docker Desktop, but it's interesting to remind some interesting capabilities.

Once Kubernetes - currently 1.15.5 on the stable channel - is enabled on Docker Desktop, a new context named &