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Laclin comes with Podman plus a num­ber of Linux distros stored in Podmain container format. Some of the distros include complete toolchains.

Here's Laclin running Docker 19.09 running Thunderbird in Slackware 14.2, LibreOffice in Arch Linux, and Tea in Debian 10 simultaneously. The GUIs are going to the Laclin desktop in each case.

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Docker running 3 Linux guest OSes

There are limit­a­tions to the bundled-distros feature. For example:

* You can't run the desktop from a bundled distro. Just individual GUI pro­grams from the distro.

* Many GUI pro­grams won't work. This includes KDE pro­grams, pro­grams that require DBus or other system services, and ran­dom programs such as “leafpad”.

* Fonts typically need work on the client side.

If you're running CLI tools, most problems other than the system services issue go away.

Podman has issues of its own. Most importantly:

* Podman isn't designed to run long-term sessions. So, for example, you shouldn't use it to run a distro or individual application as part of a ser­ver.

Typically, you'd run a distro or application for a specific time-lim­it­ed task such as a port or to play a game.

This said, Laclin pre­sent­ly bundles the fol­low­ing Linux distros both as minimum copies and as large copies with batteries included:

Arch Linux
Debian 10
Slackware 14.2

The fol­low­ing distro ports are under construction:

Ubuntu 18.04
CentOS 6, 7, and 8
Fedora 31
Scientific Linux 7
Debian 9 (Debian 10 is done)
Alpine 3

Some of the bundled distros are obso­lete or will become obso­lete in the medium term.

However, this doesn't mean that copies are useless. To the contrary, if you're a de­vel­op­er who needs to sup­port a business that's using an obso­lete distro, a batteries-in­clud­ed copy of the distro may be helpful.

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