29 Oct 2015
Traditionally, Open Source Software (OSS) software has had a reputation for being hard to install and brittle to maintain.<!--more-->
And rightly so. That
./configure && make && make install command very rarely went as a smoothly as you’d like it to. Nevermind the hours you’d pour over "the documentation" to figure out how to get a working configuration for your system.
Many medium to large OSS projects recognise this problem and work hard to get into Linux distributions like Ubuntu or RedHat. (Alternatively providing their own packages to be downloaded from the project specific package repository.) Once that’s done, installation is as easy as
apt-get or an
But there is an alternative to this that works well for people who prefer to work with containers over manual system administration. Increasingly, OSS projects are providing ready-to-use images that make it easy to get up-and-running. Just take a look at the Docker Hub and see for yourself how many images are available for installation.
This post highlights five useful OSS Docker images, look at their default configuration, and suggest ways to modify them to make them work for you.