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Flockport is a lightweight container management and orchestration engine that lets you manage containers on single hosts and across servers, add overlay networks, distributed storage, service discovery and more.
Flockport is designed to make containers and the rich ecosystem of Linux applications and infrastructure more accessible. We are committed to simplicity and ease of use. The current ecosystem is increasingly complex and its easy for users to get lost in setup and configuration. Flockport is a small step towards providing a simpler alternative. This allows users to focus on their apps and ideas without getting bogged down in infrastructure.
Containers separate your applications from the OS. You can move your apps across hosts seamlessly with a simple command. You can also do this with VMs but containers are lightweight, easier to access and manage and move across hosts.

Flockport is a container management platform that supports LXC containers. Flockport adds a number of capabilities on top of LXC.

Flockport lets you provision servers and manage containers across servers, adds service discovery, supports overlay networks, distributed storage and HA.

Flockport also provides a container build system and an app store. And a standardized way to setup and manage LXC across Linux distributions.

LXC containers behave like light weight VMs. Docker uses a different kind of container, a single process container. Here is a quick guide to help you understand the differences between LXC and Docker containers.

The Flockport App Store hosts a large number of open source applications in containers. To use the apps just download the container, start it and you can access the app in your browser.

This simplifies things for end users as there is no need to setup the application, install dependencies or application configuration. Even better the containers are self contained and portable across systems so you are not locked into any host or server.

The App Store free to use and accessible from the Flockport app. All app builds are automated with Flockport Recipes.

No, containers are a Linux technology that depend on the Linux kernel. For other platforms you can use Flockbox. Flockbox is a VM instance with Flockport preinstalled. You can chooose from an Ubuntu or Alpine Linux VM. Please visit the Flockbox section on the Downloads page.
Yes, Flockport is committed to open source and is released under the GPL2. The supporting infrastructure including the github repos has not yet been rolled out and will be released progressively as we move forward with the preview.