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Re: official Emacs Docker image

From: Alex Bennée
Subject: Re: official Emacs Docker image
Date: Sat, 28 Jan 2017 11:06:40 +0000
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John Wiegley <address@hidden> writes:

>>>>>> Richard Stallman <address@hidden> writes:
>>> The final "image" as they call it will be an Emacs binary, built on that
>>> base, that users can download and directly run from any of the major
>>> operating systems (Mac OS X, Windows, any flavor of GNU/Linux).
>> At this point, I am confused, because the statements seem to conflict.
>> Would the "Docker image" of Emacs _include_ the base system? Or would it be
>> an executable Emacs package that could be installed straight _on top of_
>> that base system?
> I see now that I was unclear: A Docker image is a self-contained tarball
> containing a GNU/Linux kernel, necessary system software, and the final Emacs
> executable that was built by the image recipe.

Just a minor correction, Docker images do not contain kernels. They are
purely a user-space construct. They are built to use the Linux kernel
ABI and are virtualised to the extent they have their own
pid/network/filesystem namespaces.

> The Docker image contents, thus, can be entirely free software. Executing the
> image on some platforms (such as Windows) may use proprietary software to
> perform the execution (for example, VM provisioning software).

Alex Bennée

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