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Peter Reutemann fracpete@w...
Thu Feb 4 12:27:12 NZDT 2016

'Promising "uber tiny Docker images for all the things," has
released a new library of base images for every major language
optimized to be as small as possible by using only the required OS
libraries and language dependencies. "By streamlining the cruft that
is attached to the node images and installing only the essentials,
they reduced the image from 644 MB to 29MB,"explains one technology
reporter, noting this makes it quicker to download and distribute the
image, and also more secure. "Less code/less programs in the container
means less attack surface..." writes Travis Reeder, the co-founder of, in a post on the company's blog. "Most people who start using
Docker will use Docker's official repositories for their language of
choice, but unfortunately if you use them, you'll end up with images
the size of the Empire State Building..."'

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Cheers, Peter
Peter Reutemann
Dept. of Computer Science
University of Waikato, NZ
+64 (7) 858-5174

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