Kubenav vs Microcontainers: What are the differences?
What is Kubenav? An open source mobile app to manage Kubernetes cluster. It is the navigator for your Kubernetes clusters right in your pocket. It is a mobile and desktop app to help you manage Kubernetes clusters and stay up to date on whats going on in your clusters.
What is Microcontainers? Tiny, Portable Docker Containers. A Microcontainer contains only the OS libraries and language dependencies required to run an application and the application itself. Nothing more. Rather than starting with everything but the kitchen sink, start with the bare minimum and add dependencies on an as needed basis.
Kubenav and Microcontainers can be categorized as "Container" tools.
Some of the features offered by Kubenav are:
- Available for mobile and desktop
- Manage workloads like Deployments, Pods and StatefulSets in your Kubernetes cluster
- Get an overview of other resources like Services, ConfigMaps, Persistent Volumes, Secrets and Role Bindings
On the other hand, Microcontainers provides the following key features:
- Size — MicroContainers are small. As shown above, without changing any code the image is 22 times smaller than a typical image.
- Fast/Easy Distribution — Because the size is so much smaller, it’s much quicker to download the image from a Docker registry (eg: Docker Hub) and therefore it can be distributed to different machines much quicker.
- Improved Security — Less code/less programs in the container means less attack surface. And, the base OS can be more secure (more below).
Kubenav and Microcontainers are both open source tools. Microcontainers with 1.57K GitHub stars and 135 forks on GitHub appears to be more popular than Kubenav with 428 GitHub stars and 17 GitHub forks.