Hi Portainer fans... time for a little update..
Sorry for the long delay between blog posts, but our little team has been kept quite busy building support for Kubernetes into Portainer, working on our next release, and extending our Edge Compute functionality.. all good things, but no excuse for our silence 🙂
Anyway, here is what we have going on.. prepare to get excited..
First off, we were delighted to have welcomed two new developers into the Portainer family, Chaim, and Maxime. These devs are highly competent in Portainer's development languages, and will complement our existing developers nicely. We are really looking forward to their help ensuring we keep to committed development timelines.
In the next few days you will see us release Portainer 1.23.2, which is a minor release, but one that includes fixes for three gnarly bugs; support for Named Pipes on Windows 10, fix a long standing issue with RBAC and LDAP, and a fix for the broken container health status filter. These three bugs have caused our users pretty significant inconvenience, and so its good we finally have a resolution for them.
Note that through the testing of 1.23.2, we found four new bugs in relation to Docker on Windows platforms. We spent many hours trying to find workarounds and/or fixes, but in the end, elected to wait for Docker (Moby and/or Docker Desktop) to resolve the underlying issues. You can read more about this here. These impact the usability of Portainer on Windows platforms, so you should double check your use case against that article.
Portainer 1.23.2 is targeted to be our last release in the 1.XX chain, as we focus on moving to a Portainer 2.0 release in Q2. This 2.0 release will, among other things, add support for Kubernetes endpoints (whilst retaining full support for Swarm and Standalone). If between the 1.23.2 release and the release of Portainer 2.0, we find an urgent need to release another version, then we will do so, but our primary focus is now on the 2.0 release.
Speaking of Kubernetes support, we will be releasing our Beta of Kubernetes on the 31st March. Watch out for a specific announcement on this, but it goes without saying ,we are extremely excited by what we have created. We believe the simplicity we have bought to Kubernetes is a game changer. I myself have never once deployed ANYTHING from the Kubernetes CLI (wouldnt know how), yet I am able to deploy even relatively complex application setups using Portainer Beta for Kubernetes. This bodes well for mainstream uptake of this technology. We plan to keep the Beta in the market for 1 month, gathering feedback, and then incorporating that feedback into the final version, which will then be merged into Portainer 2.0. Note for clarity, we will have ONE version of Portainer that includes support for Docker Standalone Hosts, Docker Swarm Clusters, AND Kubernetes Clusters.
Finally, we are launching Portainer Support Subscriptions this week, so if you use Portainer, and you could benefit from formal support, then these are for you... simply click the "Portainer Support" icon in the top right of your Portainer instance for more info, or visit our website to read more.
That's all for now, keep an eye out for our 1.23.2 release and the BETA of Portainer for Kubernetes...
Co-Founder, and CEO