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New open-source PaaS Flynn gets crowdfunded

Elliot Bentley

Docker-powered, Heroku-inspired indie project gets green light after reaching $75,000 target.

crowdfunding campaign for a new open-source PaaS, directly inspired
by Heroku and powered by Docker, has reached 100% of its

Flynn is promised to include
“painless” deployment using git push and, through its use of
Docker, be lighter than VM-based PaaSes. In addition, its (mostly
Go) code will be BSD licensed, with development taking place on a
public GitHub

Flynn is far from the first open source PaaS stack, but its
creators are hoping that it can distinguish itself from OpenShift,
Cloud Foundry et al with its modular structure.

The project is an extension of Dokku, which itself is
described as a “mini-Heroku in less than 100 lines of Bash”.
Following its release in June, creator Jeff Lindsay teamed up with
security researcher Jonathan Rudenberg to produce a “Super Dokku”.
They turned to crowdfunding, asking companies and individuals to
sponsor the project’s development.

On the last day of fundraising, the pair’s crowdfunding campaign
passed its funding target of $75,000 – although, this being a
self-run campaign, it was not an all-or-nothing deal. At the time
of going to press, it had raised $77,560 from over 50 donors.

“The amount raised so far will allow the core team to spend more
time on the project for the rest of the year than we hoped,” the
pair wrote
on the Flynn blog. “This improves our chances of staying on
schedule and implementing all the core features.”

An “MVP” is promised by October, with a production-ready version
likely to emerge early 2014. You can follow Flynn’s development on
its GitHub repository or the

Photo by Steve

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