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Linux Support

Could JADE bring back support for Linux?

This'd complement the ability to run JADE in the cloud (using containers or VM's), where running Linux is cheaper than Windows. Other factors will come into play when choosing between the two, but while JADE doesn't support Linux, there's no choice at all.

While Windows will still be preferred by many for support reasons, having the ability to use Linux would reduce operational expenditure where using Windows isn't required.

  • Kevin Saul
  • Aug 28 2020
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  • John Ascroft commented
    9 Sep, 2020 10:55pm

    Unfortunately, when we had the Linux version available, there was insufficient uptake to justify the large costs to manage the extra versions. We made a strategic decision to focus on Windows, since that was where our customers and partners were leading us.

    It's ironic that the situation may have been different if the cloud environments were available as they are now.

    We never say never, but I think it is unlikely that we could justify the amount of work to bring the Linux version back to current, and then continue to develop and certify it in parallel with the Windows versions. I think in general, our customers and partners would prefer us to spend our resources on product capability, rather than generating some runtime cost savings. It's a good conversation to have though.

  • Kevin Saul commented
    30 Aug, 2020 10:10pm

    Yep, but Windows costs more to run in the cloud because of licensing. While on-premises we'd have accepted those costs because it's easier for support teams to administer one kind of O/S - The admin overheads are reduced in the cloud, so we could use Linux when there's no requirement for Windows otherwise.

  • Ty Baen-Price commented
    30 Aug, 2020 09:46pm

    Aren't some of the major benefits of this virtualisation age we inhabit that you can just spin up whatever vms or containers you need, and we get to concentrate on our core mission?