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Live Patching Requires Reproducible Builds – and Containers Are the Answer

Live Patching Requires Reproducible Builds – and Containers Are the Answer

Live patching can improve security and minimize downtime, but can also lead to potential problems if carried out incorrectly. Learn how reproducible builds can help developers to implement live patching consistently and safely - and how containers are coming to the rescue! - in this article.

We know that live patching has real benefits because it significantly reduces the downtime associated with frequent patching. But live patching is relatively difficult to achieve without causing other problems and for that reason live patching is not implemented as frequently as it could be. After all, the last thing sysadmins want is a live patch that crashes a system.

Reproducible builds are one of the tools that can help developers to implement live patching consistently and safely. In this article, I explain why reproducible builds matter for live patching, what exactly reproducible builds are, and how containers are coming to the rescue.

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