Photon OS 4 Ready For Download

VMware Photon OS 4 has been released, for those unfamiliar with Photon it’s an opensource minimalist Linux operating system that is optimized for the cloud, VMware vSphere deployments, and cloud native applications. Its small footprint and fast boot times are what appeal to many admins.

Kishan Malur writes on the VMware vShpere Blog

Photon OS team is pleased to announce the release of Photon 4.0 following the Beta release in November 2020. The release can be downloaded from the Downloads page in the pre-packaged binary formats including bootable ISO, pre-installed minimal OVA customised for a VMware hypervisor environment, Amazon AMI image, Google GCE image, Azure VHD, as well as a Raspberry Pi Image that has been pre-packed and tested on ARM64 architecture.

I’ve always wondered how many vSphere admins use or support Photon OS. It’s something I haven’t had to deal with in my environment, but I know it has been steadily climbing the charts of distrowatch. I’ll be downloading this version and adding it to my VMware fusion VM inventory.

Do you use Photon OS? What has your experience been like? Do you have any interesting use cases to share with the community? Let me know on Twitter, and thanks for reading.