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boot2docker vs Photon: What are the differences?

Developers describe boot2docker as "Lightweight Linux for Docker". boot2docker is a lightweight Linux distribution based on Tiny Core Linux made specifically to run Docker containers. It runs completely from RAM, weighs ~27MB and boots in ~5s (YMMV). On the other hand, Photon is detailed as "Framework for Electron apps". The fastest way to build beautiful Electron apps using simple HTML and CSS. Underneath it all is Electron. Originally built for GitHub's Atom text editor, Electron is the easiest way to build cross-platform desktop applications.

boot2docker and Photon are primarily classified as "Virtual Machine Management" and "Cross-Platform Desktop Development" tools respectively.

boot2docker and Photon are both open source tools. It seems that Photon with 9.04K GitHub stars and 518 forks on GitHub has more adoption than boot2docker with 7.99K GitHub stars and 1.14K GitHub forks.

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Pros of Photon
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    Lightweight
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    Use docker when it's not natively possible
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    Use it for fast demo without big image
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    Easy to use
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    What is boot2docker?

    boot2docker is a lightweight Linux distribution based on Tiny Core Linux made specifically to run Docker containers. It runs completely from RAM, weighs ~27MB and boots in ~5s (YMMV).

    What is Photon?

    The fastest way to build beautiful Electron apps using simple HTML and CSS. Underneath it all is Electron. Originally built for GitHub's Atom text editor, Electron is the easiest way to build cross-platform desktop applications.

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    What are some alternatives to boot2docker and Photon?
    Docker Machine
    Machine lets you create Docker hosts on your computer, on cloud providers, and inside your own data center. It creates servers, installs Docker on them, then configures the Docker client to talk to them.
    Ubuntu
    Ubuntu is an ancient African word meaning ‘humanity to others’. It also means ‘I am what I am because of who we all are’. The Ubuntu operating system brings the spirit of Ubuntu to the world of computers.
    Docker
    The Docker Platform is the industry-leading container platform for continuous, high-velocity innovation, enabling organizations to seamlessly build and share any application — from legacy to what comes next — and securely run them anywhere
    RancherOS
    It makes it simple to run containers at scale in development, test and production. By containerizing system services and leveraging Docker for management, the operating system provides a very reliable and easy to manage containers.
    CoreOS
    It is designed for security, consistency, and reliability. Instead of installing packages via yum or apt, it uses Linux containers to manage your services at a higher level of abstraction. A single service's code and all dependencies are packaged within a container that can be run on one or many machines.
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    How developers use boot2docker and Photon
    Radosław Osiński uses
    boot2docker

    Used for wildfly clustering testing. And for testing database.

    Alec Cunningham uses
    boot2docker

    Essential tool for using docker-compose.

    clonn uses
    boot2docker

    Mac Usage