A few days ago we shared here on the blog about the project "AlmaLinux", which comes from the hand of the CloudLinux developers in response to Red Hat's premature withdrawal of CentOS 8 support.
Let's remember that the project was originally called Lenix, but it has been decided that AlmaLinux would be a more appropriate name to replace CentOS than Lenix Linux.
The distribution kit is developed according to the principles of classic CentOS, consists of rebuilding the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 package base and retains full binary compatibility with RHEL, which allows it to be used to transparently replace the classic CentOS 8.
Updates for AlmaLinux distribution branch based on the RHEL 8 package base, promises to be released until 2029.
AlmaLinux developers announced the first beta version
And now in more recent news, the first beta version of the AlmaLinux distribution was released, created (it was decided to discontinue the release of updates for CentOS 8 at the end of 2021, and not in 2029, users already expected).
AlmaLinux is trying to find the optimal balance between corporate support and community interests; On the one hand, CloudLinux resources and developers, who have extensive experience in supporting RHEL forks, will be involved in the development, and on the other hand, the project will be transparent and under the control of the community. .
CloudLinux is proud to announce the release of AlmaLinux Beta. We've collected community feedback and built our new beta around what you would expect from an enterprise-grade Linux distribution. AlmaLinux is a completely free 1: 1 binary compliant fork of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 8, inspired by the community and built by the engineers and talent behind CloudLinux. Visit this link to download Beta images.
With the Beta version rolled out, we'd like to ask the community to get involved and provide feedback. Our goal is to build a Linux distribution entirely from community contributions and feedback. During AlmaLinux Beta, we requested assistance with testing, documentation, support, and future direction of the operating system. Together, we can build a Linux distribution that fills the gap left by the now-unsupported CentOS distribution.
The development of AlmaLinux is carried out under the auspices of CloudLinux, which provided resources and developers (one million dollars a year was allocated for the development of the project).
The distribution is free for all categories of users, developed with the participation of the community and using a management model similar to the organization of the Fedora project.
Build is based on Red Hat Enterprise Linux version 8.3 and it is completely identical in functionality with the exception of changes related to rebranding and removal of RHEL-specific packages such as redhat- *, insights-client, and subscription-manager-migration *.
All developments will be published under free licenses, but at the moment the public repository has not been released yet (but the developers promise to release it when the revised source code is ready). At the same time, the infrastructure is already in place to track error information.
The AlmaLinux team configured all the necessary infrastructure to make it convenient for our collaborators to provide their contributions. The public repository of Github is where we will finalize the system source code, and any additional documentation will be posted on the wiki .
In addition to AlmaLinux, Rocky Linux is also positioned as alternatives to the old CentOS (At the infrastructure creation stage, test builds are promised to be released on March 31) and Oracle Linux (tied to the interests of the corporation).
Additionally, Red Hat has made RHEL available for free on production deployments of up to 16 systems.
Finally if you are interested in knowing more about it About the released beta version of AlmaLinux, you can check the details in the following link.