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November 17–November 20, 2020
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Friday, November 20 • 4:00pm - 4:35pm
Panel: Linux in the Kubernetes Era: Does The OS Still Matter? - Tasha Drew, VMware; Kiko Reis, Canonical; Darren Shepherd, Rancher Labs; Dusty Mabe, Red Hat; & Vincent Batts, Kinvolk

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With the end of life of the original “Container Linux” (CoreOS), what is the future for the key underlying component of any Kubernetes deployment: the operating system? While many are opting for general-purpose distributions like Ubuntu or CentOS, there is a healthy ecosystem of Kubernetes- and container-optimized distros, as well as new container-specific kernel features. This panel, bringing together representatives from the key Kubernetes Linux vendors, will review the current state of Linux for cloud native workloads, the areas being worked on by the community, and the pros/cons of different approaches from an end-user perspective. Discussion topics will include improved kernel support for containers, minimal vs general purpose distros, and loose vs tightly coupled approaches to distributing Linux+Kubernetes.

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Vincent Batts

CTO, Kinvolk
Vincent Batts has spent half his life in Linux and open source communities. Works with emerging technology such as knative and tekton. An Open Containers Initiative maintainer and technical board member. An ongoing member on Slackware Linux's Core Team, past maintainer on the docker... Read More →

Speakers
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Dusty Mabe

Principal Software Engineer, Red Hat
Dusty Mabe is a Principal Software Engineer at Red Hat helping to enable container technologies in next generation datacenters and the cloud. He is currently participating in several upstream projects that help build a strong platform for containerized applications to run. In the... Read More →
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Darren Shepherd

Co-founder and CTO, Rancher Labs
Darren Shepherd is a co-founder and the chief architect at Rancher Labs where he has led the development and creation of numerous open source software projects such as k3s, RancherOS, Longhorn, and Rio. His goal is to provide the container industry with reliable tools that ease deployment... Read More →
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Tasha Drew

Director of Product Incubation, VMware
Tasha Drew leads product strategy for product incubation and innovation at VMware as part of the Office of the CTO. She also launched Tanzu Kubernetes Grid for vSphere and was part of the team that launched Project Pacific on vSphere. She is the co-chair for the Kubernetes Multi-tenancy... Read More →
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Kiko Reis

VP Public Cloud, Canonical
Kiko is a VP at Canonical and a long-time Ubuntu and open source contributor. He is responsible for Canonical's public cloud products, but also gets involved occasionally in other complicated and wonderful areas on the fringes of technology. He has an MSc in Software Engineering from... Read More →



Friday November 20, 2020 4:00pm - 4:35pm EST
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