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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