Open Container Initiative

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The Open Container Initiative (OCI) is a Linux Foundation project, started in June 2015 by Docker,[1] to design open standards for operating-system-level virtualization (software containers), most importantly Linux containers.[2]


There are currently two specifications in development and in use: Runtime Specification (runtime-spec) and the Image Specification (image-spec).

OCI develops runc,[3][4] a container runtime that implements their specification and serves as a basis for other higher-level tools. runC was first released in July 2015 as version 0.0.1.[5]


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  2. ^ "Open Container Initiative Finds Footing In Linux Foundation". InformationWeek. 8 December 2015. Retrieved 2020-01-15.
  3. ^ "opencontainers/runc: CLI tool for spawning and running containers according to the OCI specification". GitHub. Retrieved 2020-01-15.
  4. ^ opencontainers. "runc/ at master · opencontainers/runc · GitHub". Retrieved 2020-01-15.
  5. ^ opencontainers (2015-07-16). "Release v0.0.1: runc/libcontainer release · opencontainers/runc · GitHub". Retrieved 2020-01-15.

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