What is Photon OS™
Photon OS™ is a minimal Linux container host, optimized to run on VMware platforms. With the 1.0 release, we have greatly expanded the library of packages that are in our repository, making Photon OS™ more broadly applicable to a range of use-cases. We invite partners, customers and interested community members to collaborate on both running containerized applications in a virtualized environment and the potential of an operating system tightly coupled to underlying virtual infrastructure.
- Optimized for vSphere - Leveraging more than a decade of experience validating guest operating systems, Photon OS is thoroughly validated on vSphere; and, because VMware is focused on the vSphere platform, we're able to highly tune the Photon OS kernel for VMware product and provider platforms.
- Container support - Compatible with container runtimes, like Docker, and container scheduling frameworks, like Kubernetes.
- Efficient lifecycle management - Contains a new, open-source, yum-compatible package manager - tdnf - that makes the system as small as possible, but preserves robust yum package management capabilities.
See the FAQ for more information.