Comparing Debian vs Alpine for container & Docker apps

Background: For TurnKey 15 (codenamed TKLX) we're evaluating a change of architecture from the current generation of monolithic systems to systems as collections of container based micro-services. Essentially the service container replaces the package as the highest level system abstraction.

There are several layers to the new architecture, but the first step is to figure out the best way to create the service containers. Alon has been quietly working on this for the last couple of months and managed to slim down Debian to 12MB compressed for the base image:

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Heroku is dead – no-one uses it anymore. You need to use Docker now

Because it's the future!

https://circleci.com/blog/its-the-future/

TL;DR:

  • modern devops is complicated 6 levels deep
  • curse of knowledge
  • one size does not fit all
  • new and shiny doesn't always make for good engineering

ZeroNet and IPFS: uncensorable auto-scaling BitTorrent powered websites

Jeremy recently nudged me into taking a close look at IPFS and ZeroNet, two BitTorrent inspired projects aiming to help achieve a more resilient distributed web that levels the playing field and is less susceptible to centralized control.

The two killer apps seem to be:

  1. DDoS resistant high-performance content distribution at scale without scaling costs and complexity.

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