Alex Polvi Explains CoreOS

Phil Whelan | ActiveState | August 28, 2013

A couple of months ago we interviewed Solomon Hykes about Docker, which is a way to build and manage Linux Containers with a lot of nice features. The next question was: if the full-stack can be provided by a Docker image and everything can be Dockerized, what is the minimum OS we need to run Docker images?

CoreOS was announced a few weeks ago and seemed to answer this question. For this blog post I interviewed Alex Polvi, the CEO of CoreOS, to find out more.

I should note, that before talking to Alex, I imagined CoreOS to simply be a Linux distribution with everything stripped out, leaving only what is required to support Docker. As you will see, it is a lot more than that and the hopes Alex has for CoreOS go beyond just running Docker images.