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Docker alternative on Windows10
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Ever since Docker Desktop changed their policy, I've been searching for a way to work with containers without hassle on my Windows machine. I tried Podman and docker on WSL2, even a docker binary for windows. They all have their pain points, especially with having WSL2 running. I love WSL2, but the access speed issue for NTFS files was an issue for me. I mean, I could have done all my checkouts only on WSL2, used VSCode to always connect to WSL2... but old habits die hard.
This is going to be a small post now to show how I finally worked it out. I will keep adding any configurations that I keep doing to make my Dev Experience better:
All I ever wanted with docker was docker build and docker run. And of course clean and purge and all. minikube exposes a way to do this now!
Install minikube on Windows10. Head over to their awesome docs to see how.
Run minikube with hyperv as driver and enable the addons
minikube start --driver=hyperv minikube addons enable dashboard minikube addons enable ingress
If/when minikube misbehaves (I had some problems with hibernate), if restarting doesn't work, nuke and restart! For this make sure to have the script ready to install everything that is needed.
To build container images:
minikube image build -t my_image .
To run the container, run it as a pod in minikube!
kubectl run my_container --image=my_image **--image-pull-policy=Never** .......
That imagePullPolicy is important!.
I'm still having problems with VPN access from the k8s pods in minikube, I might have to tinker with the hosts file to fix this.. Still waiting for a clean approach.