Swift project has come to three new Linux distributions, in addition to the two that already had support before.
Specifically, users can now choose Docker and toolchain images for Ubuntu 20.04, CentOS 8, and Amazon Linux 2.
Previously, only Ubuntu 16.04 and 18.04 were the only distributions supported by Swift. The development team does not want to stay there and explains that in the coming months more distributions will be added, although there is no specific information on what they would be, but they will be known as the project progresses.
"Linux builds are managed by the Swift Docker repository in order to evolve them with the community. Our plan is to continue and grow the number of distributions we support, with CentOS 7, Debian and Fedora as the closest candidates to be added,”Mentions the development team.
The official announcement of Swift coming to more distributions was released in late March when the team also announced that Swift would be coming to Windows.
"Swift 5.3 comes with significant performance and quality improvements. Additionally, the release will expand the number of platforms where Swift is available, including Windows and various Linux distributions,”The ad read.
The most recent version of Swift at the moment is 5.2.3 and it was released on April 29. Either way, the Swift 5.3 snapshot was released this month for Xcode, Ubuntu 18.04, and Ubuntu 16.04. These snapshots are unofficial and work more like beta versions.