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LXC is in between a VM and a pure application container. It will take up more resources than a pure container, but unlike a VM use as much memory as needed. It will provide a full kernel and OS (albeit it must be Linux). Unlike a VM, LXC container will have access to the resources and speed of the hardware without needing to emulate hardware. 


Some additional benefits,

And for those who are debating Docker versus LXC, they are similar but do have distinguishing use cases