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Rocket Vs. Docker Will Come Down To DevOps
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Charlie Babcock
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12/4/2014 | 8:30:18 PM
About Sequoia quitting CoreOS.... it aint necessarily so.
It's been reported that Sequoia, an early investor in CoreOS, left its board seat on CoreOS with the launch of CoreOS' Rocket container runtime. Also, Sequoia supposedly abandoned in some fashion its shares in the company. Neither assertion is correct. Sequoia was an early investor in the seed and Series A round of CoreOS and retains its shares from that investment. It didn't leave its board seat because it didn't have a board seat, according to CoreOS spokesmen. In the heat of controversy, assertions are sometimes made that are poorly supported by the facts. Those are two of them.
Charlie Babcock
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12/4/2014 | 2:24:36 PM
We now have two competing open source projects
Doug, one way to test that notion is to have two open source projects competing with each other, which is what we have now. If Docker is going in its own commercial direction, as opposed to what developers want, then its popularity will fall off. No sign of that yet. If it's doing the right thing for developers, it will push  hard into new "platform areas" and get more firmly established. So far it's actions indicate speed of development trumps community consensus. Meanwhile, we can gauge the degree of support for Rocket and watch who uses it. If a broad community forms behind it, and there's a good possibility one will, that will also tell us that Docker doesn't fit all needs and uses.
D. Henschen
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12/4/2014 | 1:16:22 PM
Bottom Line? Efforts to standardize are being co-opted to protect commercial interests
It strikes me that we're seeing efforts to foster cloud standards and cross-cloud portability twisted and pulled in commercial directions in these cloud wars. Are we seeing more examples here of well-intended, open inititives gaining traction and then being corrupted as they gain influence?

As the old saying goes, power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.


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