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As Bill has mentioned earlier in his post, we have carefully reviewed the JSON capabilities and made some adjustments to ensure they deliver the best benefit to you. In this post, I am going to describe the modifications in more detail and provide guidance for you to understand the implication for your code base.

Last comment 30 May 2017
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Starting with 2017.1, InterSystems is adding Ubuntu (64-bit) as a third linux server platform. Prior to 2017.1 Ubuntu was already available as a development platform and customers could use InterSystems distributions build for SUSE to run on Ubuntu. As a result there are a few license key implications for 64-bit linux versions starting with Caché and Ensemble 2017.1:

a) Customers using RedHat will observe no changes

b) Customers using InterSystems products(1) for SUSE on SUSE will need new license keys (no charge)

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This announcement is to inform clients about changes in our 2016.2 and 2016.3 field test programs.  

The 2016.2 field test has been extended in order to address important syntax changes related to JSON. Simply stated, the JSON syntax introduced in 2016.1 had several inconsistencies that we did not want to perpetuate.   This is now addressed and the updated 2016.2 field test will be published today.  Concurrently, the syntax changes and guidance for developers will be posted on the Developer Community shortly. JSON is critically important to our Caché roadmap.

Last comment 14 December 2016
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Post has been edited for clarification: Both HP Open VMS versions (for Itanium and for Alpha)  are discontinued for future InterSystems releases.
 
Future product releases, beginning with the next major release after 2017.1, will no longer be offered for the following platforms:
 
HP OpenVMS  for Itanium
HP OpenVMS  for Alpha
 
Products: Caché, Ensemble
 
Expected Availability: next major release after 2017.1
Last comment 10 March 2017
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Beginning with the next release after 2017.1, InterSystems products will no longer be offered on macOS (OS X) as a Server platform. This platform has been re-classified and will be available as a Development platform in future releases.

Products: Caché, Ensemble
 
Expected Availability: next major release after 2017.1
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Starting with 2017.1, InterSystems has moved macOS from being a server platform to a development platform. 2017.1 will only support macOS 10.12 and will no longer be available as dmg kits.

Verification of macOS 10.12 has not been completed at this time and Field Test kits for this platform are not yet available.

Last comment 7 November 2016
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The last version of Caché, Ensemble released for VSI OpenVMS is 2017.1. Unlike HP OpenVMS (Alpha and Itanium), VSI OpenVMS on Itanium continues to be supported. This means that critical corrections or changes required to support customer’s hardware purchases will all be based on 2017.1 or earlier versions.

Related announcement: https://community.intersystems.com/post/platform-compatibility-hp-open-vms

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