Red Hat's Ansible Tower's documentation states that it can only be run on Red Hat Enterprise Linux. I can see once upon a time it could be run on other distros, such as Ubuntu. Is there a free Linux distro that Tower can still be installed upon?

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    Have you considered AWX? github.com/ansible/awx
    – BMitch
    Commented Sep 9, 2021 at 22:43
  • BMitch, great suggestion and I didn't know about it. But the ask is about running Tower on a free distro Commented Sep 14, 2021 at 17:29
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    Commercial product requires commercial distros (that's their choice likely for support reasons). But the free upstream project runs on free distros.
    – BMitch
    Commented Sep 14, 2021 at 18:32
  • BMitch, fair.. Though Tower did support CentOS, Ubuntu and others until very recently. Commented Sep 15, 2021 at 14:11

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The Ansible Tower Requirements still states

CentOS 7.7 or later 64-bit (x86)


you must have valid subscriptions attached before installing and running

An other option might be to use Ansible AWX

AWX provides a web-based user interface, REST API, and task engine built on top of Ansible. It is one of the upstream projects for Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform.

  • Thanks, CentOS is apparently going away, so I don't really want to use that going forward. AWX has potential, but it also has a fairly dev-ish installation process, so I'm not sure about it either. I guess how "right" these suggestions are come down to the particular use case. For some these are totally enough. Commented Feb 7, 2022 at 17:54

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