Statesman is a minimal Linux distribution, running from memory, that has just enough functionality to run OCI-compatible containers.
Many “minimal” Linux distributions designed to run containers still carry a fully fledged operating system that requires careful monitoring, patch management etc.
If we are are running containers in the cloud, we simply need to boot, acquire network addresses and discover what containers we should run. Upgrading is as simple as rebooting.
Statesman runs entirely from
initramfs, with a single Go
init binary contained within.