dotCloud's Docker — a project which makes managing Linux containers easy, previously covered here and discussed on episode #89 — is inspiring & enabling a bunch of open source Platforms as a Service (PaaS).
Dokku weighs in at under 1,000 lines of Bash and offers the same git-push-based app deployment made famous by Heroku and emulated by many PaaS providers. After installation and some configuration, you can deploy to your own mini-Heroku using one of the many supported buildpacks.
Here's what deploying Heroku's example Node.js app looks like with Dokku:
$ cd node-js-sample $ git remote add progrium email@example.com:node-js-app $ git push progrium master Counting objects: 296, done. Delta compression using up to 4 threads. Compressing objects: 100% (254/254), done. Writing objects: 100% (296/296), 193.59 KiB, done. Total 296 (delta 25), reused 276 (delta 13) remote: -----> Building node-js-app ... remote: Node.js app detected remote: -----> Resolving engine versions ... blah blah blah ... remote: -----> Application deployed: remote: http://node-js-app.progriumapp.com
It's exciting to see how much can be done with so little code. Dokku is MIT licensed and hosted on GitHub.