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Docker Turns To Minecraft For Server Ops (sdtimes.com) 93

dmleonard618 writes: A new GitHub project is allowing software teams to construct software like Legos. DockerCraft is a Minecraft mod that lets administrators handle and deploy servers within Minecraft. What makes this project really interesting is that it lets you navigate through server stacks in a 3D space. "In today's world, we wanted to focus more on building. Minecraft has emerged as the sandbox game of the decade, so we chose to use that as our visual interface to Docker," Docker wrote in a blog.
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Docker Turns To Minecraft For Server Ops

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  • by Anonymous Coward

    So how many trees does one need to chop down to craft a server cabinet?

  • Uh oh (Score:5, Funny)

    by dorix ( 414150 ) on Thursday November 19, 2015 @04:47PM (#50965301)

    This is all well and good until a rogue creeper blows up half of your servers.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday November 19, 2015 @04:48PM (#50965309)

    I know this!

  • Well, I guess on the plus side you could see a really clear representation of how your servers smoke, catch on fire, and explode when you put too much load on them now.
    • I was really hoping to see a representation of a representation of this ... instead it's a link to an article where a guy says there's a thing and then links to two other things.

      I remember when we used to have links to actual articles.

  • Sounds like a great way to get unrelated items connected because it looks good.
  • by enjar ( 249223 ) on Thursday November 19, 2015 @04:55PM (#50965363) Homepage

    So now instead of my girls watching hours of PopularMMOs, they will watch hours of people managing servers? The ability of the human mind to come up with ever more inane forms of entertainment always surprises me. Plus, you know, girls and STEM careers and all that.

    Someone should come up with a Minecraft Motif skin. If you are going to go blocky and retro, at least do it right.

  • Sounds like someone just wanted an excuse to play Minecraft at work. Now if I could only build fully functional physical servers out of actual LEGO bricks...
    • by swb ( 14022 )

      Is there any reason that this kind of setup couldn't be used to create virtual servers and network environments?

      I've always wondered how long it would be until there was a CAD-like drawing environment for creating virtual server environments.

  • The Plural of Lego is not Legos, It's Lego Bricks.

    I cannot find the official link on their web page but the following link points points to a number of discussions and official Lego announcements and requests.
    http://english.stackexchange.c... [stackexchange.com]

    Now the following is juts my personal reaction to the use of LEGOs.
    The Plural of Lego is Lego. In the same way that the plural of a Sheep is Sheep. You don't hear somebody say "I'm going to round up my Sheeps" you hear them saying "I'm going to round up my sheep"

    • by dcrisp ( 267918 )

      That should, of course, have read "The following is JUST my personal" not "juts me personal"

    • "I cannot find the official link on their web page but ..."

      For a lot of people, this fact would have been significant.

    • Yeah this is a pet peeve of mine too. I think it's just an American thing though. I grew up in Australia and it was always just lego. As in, "go and pick up all your lego". Etc. I never heard the 'legos' thing until I moved to the USA in my late 20s ... at first I thought I was hearing things but no, they really say it that way.

      I'm curious - anyone from outside North America that also says "legos"?

    • by gl4ss ( 559668 )

      how about in danish?

      in finnish the lego word itself gets altered to be plural, to be 'from' or whatever..

    • The Plural of Lego is not Legos, It's Lego Bricks.

      "Lego" doesn't have a plural.

      The singular of "Lego bricks" is "Lego brick."

  • 3D UI's don't work (well) because they are horribly inefficient.

    There is a reason we have shortcuts, aliases, scripts, batch files, etc. A command line, or hell, even a 2D grid of icons, is far faster time-wise then 3D spatial navigation. A modeling program such as Blender, Max, Maya, etc., are some of the most complicated UI's ever designed -- they are probably tied with the cockpit of a planes. Guess what, they all don't use a 3D UI.

    This is almost as stupid as voice navigation -- invisible interfaces a

    • by cdrudge ( 68377 )

      3D UI's don't work (well) because they are horribly inefficient.

      When it came time for an (almost) complete novice to navigate a complex theme park security system to lock it down before a velocaraptor ate her for dinner, what type of UI did they use? A friggin 3D UI on a Unix system [youtube.com]. If it's good enough in that case, it's good enough anywhere.

    • "There is a reason we have shortcuts, aliases, scripts, batch files, etc. A command line, or hell, even a 2D grid of icons, is far faster time-wise then 3D spatial navigation."

      Thank you for that insight, Captain Obvious.

  • by idontgno ( 624372 ) on Thursday November 19, 2015 @05:02PM (#50965419) Journal

    Once upon a time, a BOFH would manage his system with a pistol [unm.edu]. If we KILL'ed a process, we'd loot its shotgun and be even more feared. It was brutal, bloody, and cruel. The way system administration is supposed to be. "root, red in tooth and claw."

    Now? Minecraft. And not a good PvP server, either. I'll bet they don't even have TNT or skeleton archers, either. "Creative mode". My 9-year-olds sneer at creative mode. No bloodshed. No mayhem. Nothing to lose.

    Pretty soon, it'll be VM management by buying outfits for Hello Kitty in Hello Kitty Container Adventure.

    DO NOT WAAAANT!

  • A new GitHub project is allowing software teams to construct software like Legos.

    No it doesn't.

  • I've never played minecraft but I'm a huge fan of garrys mod and space engineers. I'd use this, but only for my small home network. Its impractical but fun, which is perfect for hobby grade stuff.

    I.can't imagine myself using it in any professional capacity and I can't see how it would be easier than what we have now.

    • "I.can't imagine myself using it in any professional capacity and I can't see how it would be easier than what we have now."

      I'm not saying that this kind of thing will take off, but I will point out that pretty much every innovation that ever took off started with someone saying exactly this kind of thing about it.

      • it's also a wide open invitation for someone more imaginative than I to point out how it could be practical. This is a message forum after all ;)

    • I can see setup networks of interconnected containers using a Minecraft-style GUI as easier than using vi to set up docker-composer files.

      What worries me is that it also allows easy visualization of the resulting constructs meaning that PHBs will think that that means they understand them.

  • So I need java or windows only to admin?

    Maybe it's better then the flash only vsphere (for now). Qemu / libvirt can be done with CLI.

  • 1993 Jurassic Park : This is Unix, I know this
    2015 jurassic World X : This is Minecraft, I know this
  • A scary Demi Moore face chasing Michael Douglas around the server farm!
  • Why link to the crappy ad-laden SD times article and not to the actual GitHub project https://github.com/docker/dock... [github.com]
  • There was a scene in a Tom Clancy book where a computer-geek super-agent had the task of tracking down a terrorist's email traffic. So, did he hack into a mail server using a terminal window and download logs?

    No. He put on a VR headset, booted up his favourite Wild West metaphor, moseyed into town (literally; he spent time walking), went into the local post office (a metaphor for a mail server) and used his fingers to leaf through virtual paper records.

    I've read one Dan Brown book and one Tom Clancy book, a

    • To be fair, it sounds like you read one of those "Op Center by Tom Clancy" style books, where if you look at the fine print he came up with the basic setting and the actual author is someone you've never heard of they're using to cash in a bit more on the marketing power of his name.

      • Huh. That explains a lot, because I really liked (the movies based on) his other books. I owe Mr Clancy a posthumous apology for assuming it was him who wrote the execrable chapter where the heavily-muscled assassin goes for a work-out at the gym and two other heavily muscled men admire him and compliment his physique. Or the subplot where the son of one of the lead characters is hinted to be involved to be in a nefarious plot, a thread which goes nowhere, then overcomes his abandonment issues by discoverin

  • IBM has had a Minecraft admin console [ibm.com] for WebSphere for several years.

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