The next Open edX release, named “Ficus” will be built on Ubuntu 16.04, instead of Ubuntu 12.04. This is a major upgrade, considering that the Ubuntu 12.04 operating system will no longer be supported officially after April 2017.
EdX engineering leaders, including Joel Barciauskas and Ned Batchelder, disclosed this development during their monthly Open edX’s remote meetup, which took place this Thursday.
The new Ficus release is planned to take place before 2017.
EdX is also working on “Dockerizing” its development stack. Docker will not apply to production environments for the foreseeable future, but it will improve the current workflow with Vagrant.
Watch the full recording below: