Google submits its Go-only container project to CNCF • The Register

Google offered its tool for Go-only Kubernetes containers to the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF)… and maybe thought it was a done deal.

The CNCF is the Linux Foundation’s project that has acted as the guardian of Kubernetes since Google’s retirement.

The KO project is a tool for creating application containers that contain pure Go apps – in the description of the project:

A now-deleted post on Google’s open-source blog announced yesterday, “Google donates KO tool to CNCF for easy, fast, and safe building of container images.” However, that post has been removed and re-titled with a new, slightly more moderate title published: “KO applies to become a CNCF sandbox project”.

A discussion on GitHub suggests that this might just be due to a misunderstanding about the submission process in the CNCF sandbox. This might be the case, but Google has done things like this before, for example with Knative, “which builds on top of Istio to provide eventing and scaling services,” as we put it in 2020. At the time, Google denied giving it up in 2019, handing it over to the CNCF in 2021.

We’re probably going way too far, but we can’t help but wonder if the desire to hand over the tooling might indicate a waning enthusiasm for Go within Google.

Google’s Go programming language is still in development: version 1.19 was released a few months ago, and version 1.20 is under development. Still, and despite the interest, Go 2 doesn’t seem any closer than it did in 2018, when lead Go engineer Ian Lance Taylor shared some ideas about it.

The Fuchsia team’s verdict on Go in 2020 was also negative. Although it scored five “pros” against four “cons”, the result was:

While Rust has been getting more attention and community support in the last year or so. Remarkably, Google’s new KataOS is “almost entirely written in Rust”.

There have also been some notable criticisms of Go in tech circles recently, including “Lies we tell yourself to keep using Golang” from Faster Than Lime, a sequel to the author’s earlier I want off Mr Golang’s Wild Ride. However, we note that a major objection in the previous article that Go does not contain generics has been addressed in Go 1.18, released last March. ® Google submits its Go-only container project to CNCF • The Register

Rick Schindler

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