I haven't installed yet on Ubuntu, but have done it on RHEL. My thought is that it will work on 18.04, but Tableau engineering either hasn't gotten around to updating their web page, or they haven't tested / certified the newer release yet. Is 18.04 much different?
We have Tableau Server running on Ubuntu 16.04. We would like to upgrade Ubuntu to 18.04, but we aren't sure if Tableau Server will continue to work. No matter how big are the differences between Ubuntu 16.04 and 18.04 it would be great to have the information are there any plans about Ubuntu 18.04 support in a foreseeable future.
A good hint is that Tabcmd doesn't work on 18.04. It seems like the problem could be that the version of Java included with 18.04 isn't compatible with Tableau. I tried tabcmd on 16.04 on a VM, otherwise set up the same way, and had no problems getting going. I don't think it is unreasonable to expect LTS releases to be supported! Given that Tableau has concerns regarding systemd, perhaps Centos/RHEL is the preferred distribution?
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Although Ubuntu 16.04 will be supported until April 2021, it would be good to understand soon the roadmap of Tableau Server moving to 18.04 LTS or newer. Lot of companies incl. mine have significant investments into Tableau Server on Ubuntu 16.04 and we need to know whether or not we should start to plan for alternatives such as RHEL or Windows Server if there is no plan to move Tableau Server further on Ubuntu next generation LTS releases. I asked the support team, and here is their response:
As you know Ubuntu 18.04 LTS is not supported yet. From the information I have from our Dev team, they are still testing this OS with Tableau Server. The results are quite positive but there is not date yet when it will be fully supported.
We do not have any official documentation about what will be supported.
Please keep eyes on our published documentation:
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