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Kubernetes version support policy

Reviewed on 07 August 2023Published on 04 April 2022

Kubernetes (K8s) is an open source project that is constantly evolving, integrating and deprecating features and applying bug fixes. The project is supported by the community, which releases between four and six new minor versions every year.

With Scaleway Kubernetes you can use the latest version of Kubernetes as soon as it is officially released and certified by the Cloud Native Computing Foundation. The versions are usually available in Kubernetes Kapsule and Kubernetes Kosmos within a few days after the release.

Important:

Each minor Kubernetes version is supported by Scaleway Kubernetes for at least twelve months before being deprecated.

Version management recommendation

We recommended you keep your Kubernetes clusters up-to-date with the latest available minor version of Kubernetes and the latest patches.

Cluster auto-upgrade

The auto-upgrade functionality provided by Kubernetes Kapsule & Kubernetes Kosmos on the control plane and the managed node versions of Kubernetes can be activated using the API, CLI, or the Scaleway console. For this functionality to operate correctly, the kube-system namespace of a cluster must not be altered or have any user-induced behaviors that could interfere with the auto-upgrade functionality.

Support

Before opening a support ticket related to cluster behavior or a Kubernetes component, we highly recommend that you upgrade the cluster to the latest version of Kubernetes. If the upgrade to a new minor version is not possible, the latest patch of the version running on the cluster must be applied. 80% of Kubernetes issues are usually fixed when applying the latest patch version available.

Scaleway Kubernetes Kapsule & Kosmos release calendar

  • Release: Version is available for cluster creation and cluster upgrade.
  • Deprecation: Version is removed from cluster creation option. Customers are informed via a support ticket that they are using a deprecated version of Kubernetes and are asked to update their clusters.
  • End of support: Version is not supported anymore, clusters will be automatically upgraded to the next supported minor version.

Scaleway Kubernetes products

Kubernetes versionOfficial releaseOfficial End of LifeReleaseDeprecationEnd of support
1.28August 2023October 2024August 2023August 2025October 15, 2025
1.27April 2023June 2024April 2023April 2025May 15, 2025
1.26December 2022February 2024February 6, 2023February 2025March 15, 2025
1.25August 2022October 2023February 6, 2023February 2025March 15, 2025
1.24April 2022July 2023April 2022April 2024May 15, 2024
1.23December 8, 2021February 2023December 9, 2021December 2023February 15, 2024
1.22August 4, 2021October 2022August 11, 2021August 2023October 15, 2023

Version information

For a complete changelog update, refer to the official Kubernetes changelog.

The following documentation only lists the main feature changes for each version and provides a link to the version release announcement on Kubernetes’ official blog.

1.28

Main changes:

  • 45 enhancements: 19 are entering alpha, 14 have graduated to beta, and 12 have graduated to stable.

1.27

Main changes:

  • This release consists of 60 enhancements. 18 of those enhancements are entering alpha, 29 are graduating to beta, and 13 are graduating to stable.

1.26

Main changes:

  • Eleven features graduated to GA
  • Twelve features deprecated or removed

1.25

Main changes:

  • Thirteen enhancements graduated to GA (see announcement for full list)

1.24

1.23

Main changes:

  • Deprecation of FlexVolume
  • Deprecation of klog specific flags
  • API/features graduation to GA (see announcement for full list)
  • API/features graduation to beta (see announcement for full list)
  • CSI Migration updates

1.22

Main changes:

1.21

Main changes:

  • PodSecurityPolicy deprecation
  • TopologyKeys Deprecation

1.20

Main changes:

  • Dockershim Deprecation
  • Exec Probe Timeout Handling

1.19

Official release announcement

Supported Container Network Interfaces (CNI)

Starting from Kubernetes version 1.25 launch:

  • Kubernetes Kapsule only supports cilium and calico as CNI.
  • Kubernetes Kosmos only supports kilo as CNI.
InterfaceObsolete
Flannelfrom v1.25
Weavefrom v1.25
  • Migration policy:
    • Control Planes cannot be upgraded on obsolete CNIs.
    • Recommended action: Create new clusters using a supported CNI, either via API or from the Scaleway console.

Supported Container Runtime Interfaces (CRI)

Starting from Kubernetes version 1.25 launch, containerd is the only runtime supported by Scaleway Kubernetes products.

RuntimeDeprecationObsolete
Dockerfrom v1.20from v1.21
Cri-ofrom v1.24from v1.25
  • Migration policies:
    • Pools using deprecated CRIs cannot scale up.
    • Control Planes cannot be upgraded if CRI used by any pool is obsolete.
    • Recommended action: Delete your old pools and create new ones with containerd as default, either via API or from the Scaleway console. Learn how in this tutorial.