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Discussion on: Would / Should Forem get a HELM chart?

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Tim Downey

I totally get why you wouldn't want to focus on this out of the gate and agree that Helm isn't necessarily the best option even if you are providing K8s installation artifacts. But I wouldn't write this off so readily...

Kubernetes is due to the operational overhead and costs of using it is pretty high
Using VMs is also very cheap and easy for most people that want to self host Forem.

There may be classes of users you're not considering here.

  1. Those who are already operating or using a managed Kubernetes service.
  2. Those who have access to a multi-tenant Kubernetes cluster that is managed for them.

For those using managed Kubernetes having to provision and manage raw VMs for this might actually impose higher burdens and cost.

I personally would be way more likely to deploy Forem to one of my existing clusters (especially if its just a kubectl apply away) to kick the tires than I would be to provision EC2 instances specifically for it.

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Joe Doss

It's not written off at all Tim. Installing Forem to Kubernetes is a valid use case for a percentage of people that have access to a working cluster and I think we should support something down the road. What I am arguing is that most people do not have such access or understanding of operating code on k8s. Not to mention Kubernetes based deployments are total overkill for most users and use cases.

It's just a matter of providing the biggest impact in the shortest amount of time users that want to self host Forem. VMs with Containers is the path we picked. Pretty boring I know... :)