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Podman Desktop continues to make great progress toward transforming the way businesses operate by paving the way for increased productivity, reduced costs and greater business success. With each new release delivering features and improvements that further enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of the development process, it’s an exciting time for the community.

This week, we celebrated the release of Podman Desktop 1.5, the next milestone in our journey to provide developers with a robust container UI on their local desktops. In addition to enhancements and bug fixes, this release introduces two important features that advance the project’s usability and functionality:

  • New onboarding and configuration wizards make it even easier and faster to get up and running in the Podman environment. These wizards also provide guided flows that walk users through the initial setup of specific Podman Desktop extensions. The necessary environment configuration is made efficient and user-friendly, removing any additional overhead and contributing to a more seamless experience.
  • Kubernetes pods now offer a more comprehensive set of information under the project’s summary tab. This gives developers a deeper view of networking, volumes, environment variables and other key metadata. This is another step toward expanding the support of Kubernetes — something we discussed earlier this year during Red Hat Summit when we celebrated the release of Podman Desktop 1.0. With more detailed information and greater visibility into Kubernetes deployments, users can make better informed decisions and manage all aspects of their applications to more effectively transition from local containers to Kubernetes.

Evolution since version 1.0

Since the release of version 1.0, Podman Desktop has seen a series of improvements aimed at enhancing user experience and functionality.

A standout addition is the Minikube extension, a community-built feature that enables developers to set up and manage Minikube directly from Podman Desktop. This integration simplifies the process of managing local Kubernetes clusters, making it more accessible and efficient for developers.

The Kubernetes context switcher provides developers with the ability to work with multiple Kubernetes contexts and easily switch from one to another. This flexibility is particularly useful in complex development environments where developers need to juggle multiple tasks and projects simultaneously.

The support to run multiple Kind clusters locally was also contributed by the community, and enables developers to test an application on multiple versions of Kubernetes. This feature is especially beneficial for developers building Kubernetes Operators, as it enables them to ensure compatibility and performance across different Kubernetes versions.

These new features, combined with Podman Desktop’s existing capabilities, make it a powerful tool for developers working with containers and Kubernetes.

Podman Desktop version 1.5 represents a significant step forward in our commitment to empowering developers and businesses with efficient, consistent, and cost-effective container management solutions. We look forward to seeing the innovative applications our users will create with these new capabilities.

Stay tuned for more updates as we continue to innovate and enhance Podman Desktop. Thank you for your continued support and feedback. For more information about Podman Desktop and its features, visit podman-desktop.io.

Über die Autoren

Markus Eisele is a Red Hat Developer Tools Marketing Lead at Red Hat. He is also a JavaTM Champion, former Java EE Expert Group member, founder of German JavaLand and a speaker at Java conferences around the world.

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Stévan Le Meur is a Principal Product Manager at Red Hat, working on developer tools. With a background as a developer, he is driven by the belief that great applications should be built in exceptional development environments. He brings this passion to his work, where his attention to detail is put to good use in creating great developer experiences.

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