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3 tiny Kubernetes distributions for compact container management

“Small is beautiful,” as E. F. Schumacher once said. Kubernetes, a powerful but sprawling container orchestration platform, might benefit from a more stripped-down approach. Not everyone needs the full set of tools and features found in the default Kubernetes distribution.

You may not have the time or technical know-how to customize Kubernetes for more minimalist applications, but there’s a good chance someone else has done it for you. This article looks at three Kubernetes distributions that take Kubernetes back to the basics.

Minikube

Minikube, an official repackaging of Kubernetes, provides a local instance of Kubernetes small enough to install on a developer’s notebook. The minimum requirements are 2GB of free memory, 2 CPUs, 20GB of storage, and a container or virtual machine (VM) manager such as Docker, Hyper-V, or Parallels. Note that for Mac users there is as yet no M1 build, only x86-64.

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