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CentOS is dead, looking to rocky

CentOS is a fork of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) and undoubtedly a popular choice to deploy on production servers because of its rock solid stability and compatibility.

But, now with CentOS Stream, Red Hat just killed CentOS as we know it. And as expected, people started to fork Red Hat to give a viable community based alternative to RHEL.

In case you didn’t know, let me give you a quick overview:

CentOS was a community-driven project which was the fork of RHEL and acted as a downstream for Red Hat Enterprise Linux. Soon after IBM acquired Red Hat, a CentOS Stream distribution was introduced as an upstream for RHEL.

Now, in a shocking move, the CentOS governing board and Red Hat announced that they will be shifting their focus (and investments) to CentOS Stream instead of the CentOS Linux.

So, with CentOS Linux shifting direction from a downstream project to an upstream platform, what are your options?

You can opt for openSUSE, Debian, Ubuntu or maybe another RHEL fork by the original CentOS creator?

Yes, that is what Rocky Linux is all about!

Gregory M. Kurtzer, who happens to be the creator of CentOS Linux does not seem to like the “shift in direction” for CentOS Linux as announced officially by Red Hat.

Here’s what Kurtzer aims with Rocky Linux:

Rocky Linux is a community enterprise Operating System designed to be 100% bug-for-bug compatible with Red Hat Enterprise Linux now that CentOS has shifted direction.

Of course, with CentOS Linux being an upstream to Red Hat Enterprise Linux soon, many will be forced to switch to SUSE or Ubuntu Enterprise, even if they do not like it.

In that case, Rocky Linux could be the perfect replacement for CentOS Linux 7/8 users after the support ends, if things go right.

Things are already in motion and a team has been formed to work on it.

Source – It’s FOSS

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