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At Tableau, they are always listening to their customers and incorporating feedback in their products. On of the most anticipated feature requests comes with Tableau 10.5: Tableau Server is now available on Linux!

The same Tableau Server you know and love, now on the operating system of your choice. Integrate and optimize your current processes and workflows to make the most of your internal infrastructure. Install on any of the supported distributions (RHEL 7 , CentOS 7, Oracle Linux, or Ubuntu 16.04 LTS), and choose the authentication method that makes sense for your organization. With Tableau Server on Linux you can change the number of backgrounders, VizQL, & application servers without requiring a restart. Plus don’t forget, you’ll have access to your favorite Linux tools – think Bash and Yum.

Another big advantage is that Linux is a free and open-source. This means that you easily can cut costs when switching to Linux, as in, you wont’t be spending money on a Windows Server license for your machines. The hourly rate of a Windows Server 2012 R2 (16 vCPUs, 60GB memory) on the Google Cloud Platform is $1.175. An Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (16 vCPUs, 60GB memory) machine only costs $0.533 an hour, this is a decrease in costs of 54.64%!