In late May 2023, Microsoft announced General Availability of Azure Linux Container Host. This is based on the "CBL Mariner" OSS project maintained by Microsoft.
- It is an operating system image that is optimized for running container workloads on Azure Kubernetes Service (AKS).
- The OS image is maintained by Microsoft and based on Microsoft Azure Linux, an open-source Linux distribution created by Microsoft.
- It is lightweight, containing only the packages needed to run container workloads.
- It is hardened based on validation tests and is compatible with Azure agents.