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Can I use Juju on a single home server using Ubuntu Server 12.04 or do I have to be in a cloud environment to work with it?

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I found this answer on the JuJu FAQ page that talks about your question:

Does juju only deploy to the Amazon EC2 cloud?

No. juju can deploy to EC2, OpenStack, and bare metal (MAAS) via LXC containers or Orchestra . When using LXC you are able to run juju charms on a single local machine. This is the recommended method for prototyping charms as it’s quicker to iterate locally and then deploy on the cloud when you’re ready to test.

Source: https://juju.ubuntu.com/FAQ

I believe the LXC part is something you would be interesting since they recommend it for prototyping charms.

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