AlmaLinux 8.6 is available, which continues the development of CentOS 8

AlmaLinux 8.6 is available, which continues the development of CentOS 8

AlmaLinux distribution kit 8.6 , synchronized with the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.6 and containing all the changes proposed in this release. Assemblies prepared for x86_64, ARM64 and ppc64le architectures in the form of boot (830 MB), minimum (1.6 GB) and full image (11 GB). Later, they additionally promise to form Live builds, as well as images for Raspberry Pi boards, containers and cloud platforms.

The distribution is fully binary compatible with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.6 and can be used as a transparent replacement for CentOS 8. Changes come down to rebranding, removing RHEL-specific packages like redhat-*, insights-client and subscription-manager-migration*, creating a “devel” repository with additional packages and build dependencies.

The AlmaLinux distribution was founded by CloudLinux in response to the premature end support for CentOS 8 by Red Hat (the release of updates for CentOS 8 discontinued at the end of 2021, and not in 2029, as users expected). The project is overseen by a separate non-profit organization, the AlmaLinux OS Foundation, which was created to develop in a neutral, community-driven environment using a governance model similar to the Fedora Project. The distribution kit is free for all categories of users. All developments of AlmaLinux are published under free licenses.

also positioned as alternatives to the classic CentOS 8 Rocky Linux (developed by the community under the guidance of the founder of CentOS with the support of a specially created company Ctrl IQ), VzLinux (prepared by Virtuozzo), Oracle Linux , SUSE Liberty Linux and EuroLinux are . In addition, Red Hat has available free of charge to open source organizations and individual developer environments of up to 16 virtual or physical systems.

Additionally, received startup Ctrl IQ an investment of $ 26 million. The Rocky Linux distribution aims to take the place of the classic CentOS and was created by Gregory Kurtzer, founder of the CentOS project. In addition to contributing to the development of Rocky Linux, Ctrl IQ also develops a technology stack based on Rocky Linux for enterprise high performance computing.

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