Project Bluefin and the future of operating systems

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Even with all of the advances in IT, whether it’s modular hardware, massive cloud computing resources, or small-form-factor edge devices, IT still has a scale problem. Not physically—it’s easy to add more boxes, more storage, and more “stuff” in that respect. The challenge with scale is getting your operations to work as intended at that level, and it starts with making sure you can build, deploy, and maintain applications effectively and efficiently as you grow. This means that the basic building block of devops, the operating system, needs to scale—quickly, smoothly, and seamlessly.

I’ll say this up front: This is hard. Very hard.

But we could be entering into an(other) age of enlightenment for the operating system. I’ve seen what the future of operating systems at scale could be, and it starts with Project Bluefin. But how does a new and relatively obscure desktop Linux project foretell the next enterprise computing model? Three words: containerized operating system.

In a nutshell, this model is a container image with a full Linux distro in it, including the kernel. You pull a base image, build on it, push your work to a registry server, pull it down on a different machine, lay it down on disk, and

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