Question: Why was Meshery created?

Answer: As an open source, vendor neutral project, Meshery was created out the necessity to enable service mesh adopters to overcome the challenge of complex virtual networking; to come to expect more from their infrastructure; to enable the world to understand and operate any service mesh with confidence.

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What is the difference between make run-local and mesheryctl system start? Do they both run Meshery on my local machine?

Answer: Yes, both of them do run Meshery on your local machine. make run local builds Meshery from source and runs it on your local OS, while mesheryctl system start runs Meshery as a set of containers in Docker on your local machine.