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Docker Announces Support for All Linux Distributions with 0.7 Release

Docker, Inc., the commercial entity behind the open source Docker project, today announced the release of Docker 0.7. By extending its storage system with an open driver API and shipping drivers for several standard storage technologies, including device mapper and btrfs, Docker now runs on any Linux distribution, including Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Debian, Ubuntu, Suse and Gentoo. Offering an alternate approach to virtualization, Docker provides a simple and effective approach to creating lightweight, portable and self-sufficient containers from any application that run virtually anywhere: bare metal, virtualized, public cloud or private cloud.

“It’s a significant and exhilarating time for Docker, as our ecosystem is growing rapidly and receiving a tremendous response from the community,” said Ben Golub, chief executive officer at Docker. “We've always stated that our mission is to enable any application to run consistently on any server, anywhere, and the release of 0.7 is a significant step toward our goal of allowing developers to run Docker in any environment. We look forward to further building out our ecosystem, as several additional drivers are already being developed by the community, including ZFS, GlusterFS and Ceph.”

By leveraging Docker, users can properly address the numerous new applications, languages, frameworks and hardware environments that are present in today’s developer landscape. Docker 0.7 provides several major enhancements including links that enable developers to compose complex software stacks by connecting containers to each other, as well as offline transfers, allowing software vendors to deliver updates to their enterprise customers as Docker containers, while staying in control of the delivery channels.

“With the removal of dependency on AUFS, Docker 0.7 can now be used on any modern Linux distribution. We believe this will significantly increase the amount of Docker users, and we look forward to collaborating with the team further,” said Greg Kroah-Hartman, fellow at The Linux Foundation.

"We have been following Docker closely and are thrilled to be implementing a pilot project with 0.7. With its ability to now run on any Linux distribution and our kernel of choice, we look forward to utilizing Docker 0.7 within our environment," said Brian McCallister, CTO of Platform at Groupon.

"We are incredibly grateful to the over 200 external Docker contributors who made this release possible, including Alex Larsson, Josh Poimboeuf, Lokesh Mandvekar and Matthew Miller from Red Hat; Fred Kautz, Tianon ‘Andrew’ Gravi, Paul Nasrat, Sven Dowideit, and many other talented contributors,” said Solomon Hykes, founder and CTO of Docker.

"Red Hat was excited to collaborate with the Docker team on this latest release. As application deployment options grow, portability becomes increasingly important, and we view containers as an important technology in enhancing portability and streamlining integration and infrastructure design tasks," said Jim Totton, vice president and general manager, Platform Business Unit, Red Hat. "As we recently announced, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.5 enables customers to deploy application images in containers created using Docker in their environment of choice: physical, virtual, or cloud."

For additional information on the Docker project, please visit www.docker.io.

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About Docker, Inc.

Docker, Inc. is the commercial entity behind the open source Docker project, and is the chief sponsor of the Docker ecosystem. Docker is an open source engine for deploying any application as a lightweight, portable, self-sufficient container that will run virtually anywhere. By delivering on the twin promises “Build Once…Run Anywhere” and “Configure Once…Run Anything,” Docker has seen explosive growth, and its impact is being seen across devops, PaaS and hybrid cloud environments. Seven months after launching, the Docker community is expanding rapidly: Docker containers have been downloaded over 180,000 times, the project has received over 7,000 GitHub stars, and is receiving contributions from more than 200 community developers. Thousands of “Dockerized” applications are now available at the Docker public index. Docker, Inc. offers both commercial Docker services and PaaS offerings at the docker.com website.

Docker, Inc. is venture backed by Benchmark (Peter Fenton), Trinity Ventures (Dan Scholnick), AME Cloud Ventures (Yahoo! Founder Jerry Yang), Y Combinator, and SV Angel (Ron Conway).

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