Open Container Project Gets New Name, Sees Member Growth
The Linux Foundation's Open Container Project is getting a new name and is moving forward on developing the runc baseline component for containers.A month ago today, Docker Inc. joined with its container rivals in a new Linux Foundation effort, known as the Open Container Project. The name of the effort is now being changed to the Open Container Initiative (OCI) as the membership rolls swell and development efforts to build and define a common baseline for containers accelerates. Membership in OCI now includes AT&T, ClusterHQ, Datera, Kismatic, Kyup, Midokura, Nutanix, Oracle, Polyverse, Resin.io, Sysdig, SUSE, Twitter and Verizon. The new members join the founding members, which include Docker Inc., CoreOS, Amazon Web Services, Apcera, Cisco, EMC, Fujitsu, Goldman Sachs, Google, HP, Huawei, IBM, Intel, Joyent, the Linux Foundation, Mesosphere, Microsoft, Pivotal, Rancher Labs, Red Hat and VMware. The Linux Foundation discovered after the initial Open Container Project (OCP) launch announcement that there was some form of name conflict, which is why it is changing the name to OCI. While the OCI is only 30 days old, Patrick Chanezon, member of the technical staff at Docker Inc., said that significant progress has been made on the technical front. OCIs core goal is to help define and build a baseline for containers that enables interoperability. Prior to the creation of OCI, there was some doubt in the open-source community about container interoperability with a rift between Docker and those that were backing the appc specification led by CoreOS.
"The OCI format specification defines the container format, which includes the file system that the container image is based on as well as the configuration parameters for a tool to create the container," Chanezon said. "So the specification is one level down from where both Docker and appc are sitting."