Guest blog by Julio Montes, Linux Software Engineer at Intel
Kata Containers is now available as a Snap and to install from the Snap Store. Kata Containers is a lightweight, fast to boot, virtual machine (VM) designed to provide the speed of containers and the isolation of VMs. Inside the VMs, the processes run on kernel namespaces, whereas on the host the virtual machine utilises the hardware-enforced isolation provided by the CPU.
Kata Containers are compatible with the OCI specification for Docker and CRI for Kubernetes which means they can be managed like a traditional container. Its agnostic design allows Kata Containers to run on multiple architectures like amd64, ppc64 and aarch64 with different hypervisors including QEMU.
The Kata Containers project is an open source project that combines the best of virtual machines with the flexibility and functionality of containers.
Kata Containers as a Snap
Providing Kata Containers as a Snap enables it to reach millions of Linux users around the world facilitating the use of this application on the cloud.
We have found Snaps to be an excellent packaging system, well designed and supported by several Linux distributions including Linux Mint, Manjaro, Fedora, Debian, ArchLinux, OpenSUSE, Solus, and Ubuntu. Snaps’ quick installation, automatic updates, and easy rollback features make life easier for both users and developers.
The Kata Containers project is excited to now be available on the Snap Store or installed by running snap install kata-containers bringing the efficient packaging system of Snap to Kata’s users
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