The Swift challenge has formally landed on three extra Linux distributions along with the 2 platforms that had been already supported.

More particularly, customers at the moment are supplied with downloadable toolchain and Docker photos for Ubuntu 20.04, CentOS 8, and Amazon Linux 2.

Previously, solely Ubuntu 16.04 and 18.04 had been the one Linux distributions supported by Swift.

The workforce engaged on the Swift challenge explains that extra Linux distributions can be added within the coming months, albeit for now, no specifics can be found on this and additional information on this entrance is predicted to be shared because the work on the challenge advances.

“Linux construct Dockerfiles are managed in Swift’s Docker repository with the purpose of evolving them within the open with the group. Our plan is to proceed and develop the variety of Linux distributions we help, with CentOS 7, Debian and Fedora the more than likely candidates to be added subsequent,” the dev workforce explains in a weblog submit.

Swift for Windows

The official announcement on Swift coming to extra Linux distributions was initially shared in late March when the workforce additionally confirmed that the programming language would additionally land on Windows.

“Swift 5.three is a launch meant to incorporate vital high quality and efficiency enhancements. In addition, this launch will develop the variety of platforms the place Swift is accessible and supported, notably including help for Windows and extra Linux distributions,” the announcement learn (emphasis is ours).

The most up-to-date model of Swift on the time of writing is 5.2.three and is dated April 29. However, Swift 5.three snapshots have additionally been printed earlier this month for Xcode, Ubuntu 18.04, and Ubuntu 16.04. The snapshots, nonetheless, aren’t official releases, as they’re extra like betas that builders can check out prematurely earlier than a brand new main model is introduced.