- https://docs.k0sproject.io (https://github.com/k0sproject/k0s)
- https://k3s.io (https://github.com/k3s-io/k3s/)
k0s is my personal favorite and what I run, the decisions they have made align very well with how I want to run my clusters versus k3s which is similar but slightly different. Of course you also can't go wrong with kubeadm -- it was good enough to use minimally (as in you could imagine sprinkling a tiny bit of ansible and maintaining a cluster easily) years ago, and has only gotten better.
The problem with k3s is that the architecture level libraries are a bit outdated. Early on, it was for a particular reason - ARM64 (raspberry pi) support.
But today, like everyone is on ARM - even AWS.
For example the network library is Flannel. Almost everyone switches to Calico for any real work stuff on k3s. it is not even a packaged alternative. Go-do-it-urself.
The biggest reason for this is a core tenet of k3s - small size. k0s has taken the opposite approach here. 50mb vs 150mb is not really significant. But it opens up alternative paths which k3s is not willing to take.
In the long run, while I love k3s to bits....I feel that k0s with its size-is-not-the-only thing approach is far more pragmatic and open for adoption.
Most of the other choices that k0s makes are also right up my alley as well. I personally like that they're not trying to ride this IoT/Edge wave. Nothing wrong with those use cases but I want to run k8s on powerful servers in the cloud, and I just want something that does it's best to get out of my way (and of course, k0s goes above and beyond on that front).
> The biggest reason for this is a core tenet of k3s - small size. k0s has taken the opposite approach here. 50mb vs 150mb is not really significant. But it opens up alternative paths which k3s is not willing to take.
Yup! 150MB is nothing to me -- I waste more space in wasted docker container layers, and since they don't particularly aim for IoT or edge so it's perfect for me.
k3s is great (alexellis is awesome), k0s is great (the team at mirantis is awesome) -- we're spoiled for choice these days.
Almost criminal how easy it is to get started with k8s (and with a relatively decent standards compliant setup at that!), almost makes me feel like all the time I spent standing up, blowing up, and recreating clusters was wasted! Though I do wonder if newcomers these days get enough exposure to things going wrong at the lower layers as I did though.
Things like proxy protocol support (which is pretty critical behind cloud loadbalancers), network plugin choice, etc is going to be very critical.
What's the tradeoff? Why not flannel for Real Work™?
- network policy enforcement
- intra-node traffic encryption with wireguard
- calico does not use VXLAN (sends routes via BGP and does some gateway trickery), so it has slightly less overhead
If developing locally with k8s would likely be a better workflow, are any of these options better than the others for that?
I usually only reach for it when I am building out a helm charm for a project and want to test it. Otherwise docker-compose is usually enough and is less boilerplate to just get an app and a few supporting resources up and running.
One thing I have been wanting to experiment with more is using something like Tilt  for local development. I just have not had an app that required it yet.
The biggest benefit there is no need to have a docker compose or have other resources running locally you just can run the test cases if you have docker installed.
We switched to rke, it’s much better.