Docker on bare metal?
On the Docker website I see mention of Docker on bare metal. Does this mean that you can run Docker on hardware with no underlying OS?
If so, how would one install/implement it?
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It’s a bit deceptive but I’m pretty sure they mean that they ship a Ubuntu distro you can install on an unformated (no-OS) computer. Having said that the instructions I found assume you will find and install the OS yourself:
It could also simply mean that you don’t need VirtualBox installed (bare metal normally refers to the difference between running as a guest OS on a VM and running on a physical box).
Yes, the bare metal in the docs refers to a server that is not in a hypervisor or “cloud server”. But running on bare metal.
However if you are interested there has been this experiment as running docker as PID 1 https://github.com/ibuildthecloud/only-docker
Docker, at the time of writing, requires a Linux distribution to run on. From the docs:
To run properly, docker needs the following software to be installed at runtime:
- iptables version 1.4 or later
- Git version 1.7 or later
- procps (or similar provider of a “ps” executable)
- XZ Utils 4.9 or later
- a properly mounted cgroupfs hierarchy (having a single, all-encompassing “cgroup” mount point is not sufficient)
In general, a 3.8 Linux kernel is the minimum requirement for Docker
I do believe that bare metal would most likely represent physical servers that you might have.