CentOS Stream: what it is and what you need to know

CentOS Stream

You already know CentOS, the project that emerges as a fork of RHEL maintained by the community. Specifically, it came in May 2004, when the so-called CentOS 2 emerged from RHEL 2.1AS (Advanced Server). So the success of this new distro was quite instantaneous, especially it gained great importance among web hosting companies, developers and HPC.

The reason was that CentOS offered a enterprise grade system at no cost, with self-support and a huge community to push this project forward. A way to withdraw from Red Hat and the costs that this other distro has if you want certain support or training services ...

From there, everyone knows the fame and success of CentOS, being one of the best-known distributions today. But now, there is some changes What are happening and what you should know about. You already know that changes, when made, leave some confusion at first, as there were with openSUSE Leap and Tumbleweed as well.

In the case of CentOS, you should know that it is a development flow placed between Fedora and RHEL. In other words, these projects are related and nurturing, as does SUSE and openSUSE. In other words, CentOS is a starting distro for RHEL, a gateway between Fedora and RHEL.

The flow would be:

Upstream> Downstream> RHEL

That is to say:

Fedora Linux> CentOS Stream> RHEL

The future of CentOS is CentOS Stream, so the focus of this project will be changed in 2021. When the end of the life of 8 CentOS, which is a rebuild of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8, will take over from RHEL, serving as the development branch for RHEL.

Current CentOS 8 users should then look to CentOS Stream 8, with regular updates, a rolling-release. However, if you are concerned about these changes for a production environment, you should contact Red Hat to see what options you have ...

Consequences

This can be good or bad, depending on how you look at it. For now, what this means is that Red Hat "kills" CentOS Linux as such, since CentOS Stream will not enjoy those features that were so loved.

The company currently owned by IBM, has done this movement that has not liked to many members of the current CentOS community. And some of the current CentOS Linux users are looking towards Debian, Ubuntu, openSUSE, etc.

Moreover, now comes Rocky Linux, from the hand of one of the creators of CentOS. Gregory M. Kurtzer has now started this new project maintained also by the community and whose objective is the design of an enterprise-grade operating system that would be bug-for-bug compatible with RHE, that is, it should have the same bugs and therefore So much the same patches ...

More information - GitHub site for Rocky Linux


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  1.   JAIME said

    You could already see it coming, it is a matter of moving to Ubuntu Server, Debian.

    Nothing .. it was a pleasure ..

    1.    Juju said

      I imagine these unfortunately evil Red hat with white gloves who wants to win the battle.

      Ethical hackers are professionals who have studied linux codes so much it seems Astra Linux very deeply.

      Companies lose their competitiveness over the business, because some are not prepared, ... that's why "Red hat" are some of them white hat hackers.

      Both Rocky come to them, I don't think the good guy gets revenge, it's a MOVIE.

  2.   chaste said

    Business measure, I imagine that the user is pissed off, the migration to debian will be the solution to the problem

  3.   Juju said

    I imagine these unfortunately evil Red hat with white gloves who wants to win the battle.

    Ethical hackers are professionals who have studied linux codes so much it seems Astra Linux very deeply.

    Companies lose their competitiveness over the business, because some are not prepared, ... that's why "Red hat" are some of them white hat hackers.

    Both Rocky come to them, I don't think the good guy gets revenge, it's a MOVIE.