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A Year in Review: Podman in 2022

As 2022 comes to a close, I wanted to highlight the great progress that Podman has made over the last year. Almost 5 years after our first public release, Podman continues to grow at a rapid pace, with hundreds of new features added over the last year. Let’s go over some of the highlights and see what might be in store for next year!

Podman made a total of 14 new releases in 2022, including a new major release, Podman 4.0. Podman 4 released with support for Netavark and Aardvark, a new network stack focused on addressing Podman’s needs and improving our support for advanced networking use cases. Subsequent releases added many other new features, including support for Docker Compose v2 and Gitlab Runner, many additions and improvements to ‘podman kube play’ and ‘podman kube generate’, and improvements to pods including support for setting resource limits. Bugfixes were also a focus, with hundreds of bugs squashed throughout the year. Our cadence won’t be slowing in the new year, and we’re already making plans for a fresh release in January to ring in the new year.

2022 is also the year of Podman Desktop. Though our efforts towards Windows and Mac support began in 2021, we previously focused solely on a solution for the command line. With the release of Podman Desktop in 2022, we now have a GUI solution to allow Windows and Mac systems to easily start and manage a Linux VM to use with Podman. Podman Desktop is still very new, but it’s come a long way in a short time, and we look forward to watching it continue to grow in 2023.

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