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AWS launches new Linux distribution

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Amazon Web Services’ (AWS) new Linux distribution, Bottlerocket, has left the developer review phase (opens in new tab) and entered generally availability, according to an Amazon blog post (opens in new tab).

The second Linux distro developed by AWS, Bottlerocket is designed to run containers alongside a container orchestrator, such as Kubernetes.

“As our customers increasingly adopt containers to run their workloads, we saw a need for a Linux distribution designed from the ground up to run containers with a focus on security, operations, and manageability at scale,” the company said.

“Customers needed an operating system that would give them the ability to manage thousands of hosts running containers with automation.”

Most businesses run containerized applications on general-purpose operating systems that are updated package-by-package, which makes updating the OS tough to automate. However, Bottlerocket aims to address this challenge by applying updates in a single step, rather than package-by-package.

The new OS supports Docker images (opens in new tab), as well as images conforming to the Open Container Initiative image format, AWS Chief Evangelist Jeff Barr explained earlier this year.

At launch, AWS boasts a slew of partners, including Alcide, Armory, CrowdStrike, Datadog, New Relic, Sysdig, Tigera, Trend Micro and Waveworks.

Having entered general availability, the operating system will be supported for at least three years. 

Sead Fadilpašić
Sead Fadilpašić

Sead Fadilpašić is a freelance tech writer and journalist with more than 17 years experience writing technology-focussed news, blogs, whitepapers, reviews, and ebooks. And his work has featured in online media outlets from all over the world, including Al Jazeera Balkans (where he was a Multimedia Journalist), Crypto News, TechRadar Pro, and IT Pro Portal, where he has written news and features for over five years. Sead's experience also includes writing for inbound marketing, where he creates technology-based content for clients from London to Singapore. Sead is a HubSpot-certified content creator.