Making a splash

Docker hits 1.0 release milestone

Lucy Carey

Open source superstar Docker 1.0 is now GA, complete with stable production-ready, backward compatible and feature-complete software.

  Container project Docker, which officially reached 1.0 GA status this week, was first cast into the open source seas by PaaS providers Dotcloud 15 months ago. Since then, it’s become one of the fastest growing open source projects in the space, accumulating 8,741 commits from more than 460 contributors, clocking up 2.75 million downloads, and spawning 14,000 “Dockerized” apps to date.

Starting life as a solitary container on a laptop, there are now thousands of Docker containers in the cloud. In part, this is down to the general movement towards highly scalable architectures and an app-orientated culture. As a lightweight open-source technology, Docker is perfectly poised to capitalise on demand from devs to looking for a speedy way to port their code into the cloud.

With Docker 1.0, the Docker blog states that the “1.0” label signifies a level of quality, feature completeness, backward compatibility and API stability to meet enterprise IT standards.” Moreover, to ensure there’s a complete solution for using Docker in production, the team are also delivering full documentation, training programs, professional services, and enterprise support.

With 1.0 now ready to ship, the project team would like to see Docker established as an open platform, composed of the Docker engine, the container runtime and packaging tools, as well as the cloud-based collaboration platform Docker hub.

New additions to this release include  a new instruction, COPY, which copies files and folders as-is from the build context, as well as improvements around the ADD instruction and volumes to retain ownership and permissions of files during the build of images.

In addition, on the Sysadmins side, the Docker Engine now has the ability to pause and unpause running containers, meaning users can reclaim CPU cycles that a container is using for better resource scheduling on the system. There have also been some fixes and tweaks to existing features – you can take a look at the complete list here.
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