Once upon a time, it was fair game for most any company to put out a Linux distribution and be described as “committed to Linux.” Now the same is happening with container-based Linux distributions, such as CoreOS or Red Hat Atomic Host.

Enter the next contestant: Intel. The CPU giant has announced a container-oriented OS project, the Clear Linux Project for Intel Architecture.

The name alone is a giveaway that the project serves as a showcase for Intel’s hardware acceleration technologies for virtualization. That aside, most of Intel’s goal with Clear Linux is directly reminiscent of what CoreOS and the rest are doing: Use a combination of containers and kernel-native features in Linux to create an OS suited to a modern, modular, service-oriented data center.

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