Running FreeBSD docker images on non-FreeBSD hosts

Pete Wright pete at
Wed Jun 1 16:31:22 UTC 2016

On 06/01/2016 09:04 AM, Jeff Terrell wrote:
> So it looks like, if I'm committed to docker, I could run FreeBSD
> inside a KVM inside a container on Linux. Then others who might be
> interested in FreeBSD could play around with it on their Linux hosts
> via docker.


why put yourself and your co-workers through that much hell to test out 
freebsd.  having worked on docker (and before that other linux jail-like 
systems) i never understood the thought process that forces everyone to 
try to fit all use-cases under one umbrella like this.

if you have some workflow that is totally docker depedent then just run 
freebsd+docker and be done with it.  you'll have some linux docker 
nodes, and some freebsd docker nodes and your on your way.

or as mentioned earlier - there are all sorts of para-virtualization 
technologies that allow one to run freebsd ontop of a linux (or mac) 
hypervisor.  the benefit with either of these approaches is that you 
remove about 50 hoops and support headaches and probably learn a bit 
more about how to manage heterogeneous environments along the way.


Pete Wright
pete at

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