Docker vs. LXD vs. LXC

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What is Docker?

Docker is an open-source project to easily create lightweight, portable, self-sufficient containers from any application. The same container that a developer builds and tests on a laptop can run at scale, in production, on VMs, bare metal, OpenStack clusters, public clouds and more.

What is LXD?

LXD isn't a rewrite of LXC, in fact it's building on top of LXC to provide a new, better user experience. Under the hood, LXD uses LXC through liblxc and its Go binding to create and manage the containers. It's basically an alternative to LXC's tools and distribution template system with the added features that come from being controllable over the network.

What is LXC?

LXC is a userspace interface for the Linux kernel containment features. Through a powerful API and simple tools, it lets Linux users easily create and manage system or application containers.
Why do developers choose Docker?
Why do you like Docker?

Why do developers choose LXD?
Why do you like LXD?

Why do developers choose LXC?
Why do you like LXC?

What are the cons of using Docker?
Downsides of Docker?

What are the cons of using LXD?
No Cons submitted yet for LXD
Downsides of LXD?

What are the cons of using LXC?
No Cons submitted yet for LXC
Downsides of LXC?

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How much does Docker cost?
How much does LXD cost?
How much does LXC cost?
What companies use Docker?
4363 companies on StackShare use Docker
What companies use LXD?
4 companies on StackShare use LXD
What companies use LXC?
14 companies on StackShare use LXC
What tools integrate with Docker?
185 tools on StackShare integrate with Docker
What tools integrate with LXD?
1 tools on StackShare integrate with LXD
What tools integrate with LXC?
1 tools on StackShare integrate with LXC

What are some alternatives to Docker, LXD, and LXC?

  • Vagrant Cloud - Share, discover, and create Vagrant environments
  • rkt - App Container runtime
  • ZeroVM - Open-source lightweight virtualization platform
  • Clear Containers - Use the isolation of virtual-machine technology along with the deployment benefits of containers

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