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Support More Recent Operating Systems

In the RHEL-compatible area, RHEL7 and CentOS7 are currently supported. Both are a bit outdated and I would not like to set them up for new deployments.

RHEL8 is not yet officially supported and CentOS8 is no longer an option as the distro has changed direction to being an upstream build of RHEL8. Rocky Linux could be a good alternative, we have had very good experiences with it.


We don't need to talk about SLES 12, that's so old....


And for Windows Server (I would never use that, but many companies do), 2016 is the last supported version. 2019 has been around for 3 years, 2022 is coming this fall.


So please support more recent operating systems, preferably free ones too!


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  • Aug 19 2021
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  • Guest commented
    14 Dec, 2021 05:47am

    As everyone is talking about RockyLinux and you get that inside of Azure, GCP, AWS and so on, I tried running a testing environment of Connections with Rocky 8.5.

    I had absolutely no issues, despite of the old DB2 11.1 Database (which is EOL in 2022). Db2 11.5 works fine. Kubernetes works too, of course.

    So there are surely some tests to do and maybe deliver an updated DB2, but then nothing should speak against Rocky.

  • Guest commented
    17 Nov, 2021 01:32pm

    This should be done quickly please. Planning to implement is too slow.

    Now RHEL, Rocky linux and other derivates have reach 8.5 , open sluse leap 15.3 has binary parity with SLES so it could be a really good alternative too. Please take care of this

  • Guest commented
    12 Nov, 2021 03:14pm

    IDK about Windows but regarding Linux, I absolutely agree. Rocky Linux seems to be a good alternative to CentOS. It's also developed by the original CentOS founder. It's not so much time for the EOL of CentOS 7 if we think about the facts that HCL needs time for testing and we admins also to plan the upgrade, test and so on. Especially on larger environments this is not done in a few weeks.