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This is called the Jenkins Long-Term Support (LTS) version and helps to provide the most stable and the most assuring version of the Jenkins CI possible. About every three months a version which has been deemed the most reliable by the community is chosen. After this, it's branched, well-tested features are added if they are missing, it's then tested with the new features, bug fixes are done if necessary and then it's released as the official Jenkins LTS version. See More
The flip side of "highly customizable" is that things most people want to do still require plugins not installed out-of-the-box. Worse, some common capabilities will require multiple plugins to get working right. The overhead of adding so many plugins amplifies many of the other cons. See More
Starting with Jenkins 2.0, the pipeline capability which has been available as a plugin before this version, has been built-in into Jenkins itself. This allows developers to describe their chain of automation in text form, which can be version controlled and put alongside the source tree. See More
The most useful information found about Jenkins is on StackOverflow and various strange corners of the internet that careful Googling may sometimes find. The actual documentation for Jenkins is poorly organized and extremely vague and outdated. Documentation for plugins, even the plugins most heavily relied upon, is almost non-existent. See More
The downside of building on BOSH is that a full, scalable deployment of Concourse CI requires AWS, vSphere, or OpenStack. If you don't already have these, any one of them can be a big effort to set up, just to get a build server running. Might not be a good fit for smaller teams. See More
Resources are to Concourse as plugins are to Jenkins. In other words, resources allow Concourse CI to do just about any work necessary in a build. But resources follow a "service provider interface" that makes them easy to build in any language (not just JVM languages) and have a clearly defined computing model, built for composition. Resources don't clutter UI or tax performance. See More
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