Chapter 2. Installing and deploying CodeReady Workspaces

For OpenShift 3.11, see the Installing CodeReady Workspaces on OpenShift Container Platform 3.11 chapter of the Administrator Guide.

For OpenShift 4.6, see the Installing CodeReady Workspaces from Operator Hub chapter of the Installation Guide.

2.1. Supported deployment environments

This section describes the availability and the supported installation methods of CodeReady Workspaces 2.6 on OpenShift Container Platform 4.6, 3.11, and OpenShift Dedicated.

Table 2.1. Supported deployment environments for CodeReady Workspaces 2.6 on OpenShift Container Platform and OpenShift Dedicated

Platform

Architecture

Deployment method

OpenShift Container Platform 3.11

AMD64 and Intel 64 (x86_64)

crwctl

OpenShift Container Platform 4.6

AMD64 and Intel 64 (x86_64)

OperatorHub, crwctl

OpenShift Container Platform 4.6

IBM Z (s390x)

OperatorHub, crwctl

OpenShift Container Platform 4.6

IBM Power Systems (ppc64le)

OperatorHub, crwctl

OpenShift Dedicated 4.6

AMD64 and Intel 64 (x86_64)

Add-On

Note

Support for deploying CodeReady Workspaces on OpenShift Container Platform on IBM Power Systems (ppc64le) and IBM Z (s390x) is currently only available as a Technology Preview feature. Technology Preview features are not supported with Red Hat production service level agreements (SLAs) and might not be functionally complete. Red Hat does not recommend using them in production. These features provide early access to upcoming product features, enabling customers to test functionality and provide feedback during the development process. For details about the level of support for Technology Preview features, see Technology Preview Features Support Scope.

2.2. Support policy

For Red Hat CodeReady Workspaces 2.6, Red Hat will provide support for deployment, configuration, and use of the product.

CodeReady Workspaces 2.6 has been tested on Chrome version 87.0.4280.141 (Official Build) (64-bit).

For more information, see CodeReady Workspaces life-cycle and support policy.

2.3. Difference between Eclipse Che and Red Hat CodeReady Workspaces

The main differences between CodeReady Workspaces and Eclipse Che are:

  • CodeReady Workspaces is built on RHEL8 to ensure the latest security fixes are included, vs. Alpine distributions that take a longer time to update.
  • CodeReady Workspaces uses Red Hat Single Sign-On (RH-SSO) instead of the upstream project Keycloak.
  • CodeReady Workspaces provides a smaller supported subset of plug-ins compared to Che. CodeReady Workspaces provides devfiles for working with other Red Hat technologies such as EAP and Fuse.
  • CodeReady Workspaces is supported on OpenShift Container Platform and OpenShift Dedicated; Che can also run on other Kubernetes clusters.

Red Hat also provides licensing, packaging, and support, so CodeReady Workspaces is considered a more stable product than the upstream Eclipse Che project.