Apache and passenger behave differently on Docker mac vs ubuntu

I’m experiencing some issues with containers running apache2 + passenger phusion + rails app when I deploy them on mac or linux.
I use the same image (based on ubuntu:14.04) pulled from the docker hub and the same run command

docker run -it -p 80:80 -p 443:443 -e RAILS_ENV=development --link pg my-image-name

On OSX 10.10.5, running docker 1.9.1, build a34a1d5 everything works fine.
On my production server ubuntu 14.04.3 LTS, running the same docker version, I get the following error

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    Permissions are set with chmod 775 -R /home/app.
    Here is passenger and apache version + configuration

    Server version: Apache/2.4.7 (Ubuntu)
    Server built:   Oct 14 2015 14:20:21
    Phusion Passenger 5.0.22
    <VirtualHost *:80>
        ServerName www.my-app.com
        DocumentRoot /home/app/app/public
        PassengerRuby /usr/bin/ruby
        RailsEnv development
        ErrorLog "/home/app/app/log/apache_error_log"
        CustomLog "/home/app/app/log/apache_access_log" common
        <Directory /home/app/app/public>
           AllowOverride all
           Options -MultiViews +FollowSymLinks +Indexes
           Require all granted
           Order allow,deny
           allow from all

    Any idea why I’m getting two different behaviours between OS X and Ubuntu running the same container?


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    As commented in issue 16741:

    I think I’ve seen a similar issue, which was related to the aufs driver.

    Fixed by using “devicemapper” instead of “aufs” thanks to this post:
    “Switching Docker from aufs to devicemapper”

    changed /etc/default/docker to enable device mapper:
    (save the images first)

    # Use DOCKER_OPTS to modify the daemon startup options.

    The OP Alberto Sabaini confirms it works:

    I thought that Ubuntu LTS would be using device mapper as default, but by typing docker info | grep Storage, I get Storage Driver: aufs in both mac and Ubuntu.
    The weird part is that my image spin fine on mac with aufs and on Ubuntu on device mapper.

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