Rocky Linux 8.6 is here, it arrives based on RHEL 8.6

RockyLinux 8.6

On November 15, the v8.5 of this distribution with the name of a boxer, which in turn arrived about 5 months after the v8.4. It is a good alternative to CentOS, and lately users who try it have been liking it a lot. About 24 hours ago, the team of developers behind this project threw RockyLinux 8.6, an update without really new news that does not go beyond an update.

In the release note they do highlight a couple of things, like that they now use PHP 8.0 or Pearl 5.32. In both cases, bugs have been fixed and other improvements added, but nothing that should make those on 8.5 feel the urge to update right now. Even so, we have been able to make a small compilation with new features that have come along with Rocky Linux 8.6.

Rocky Linux 8.6 Highlights

  • PHP 8.0.
  • Pearl 5.32.
  • New system roles, such as the new HA (High Availability), better control when managing multiple clusters, improved system networking role to allow us to create secure connections along with strong firewall rules and a WebConsole role to automate the installation and configuration of the operating system web console.
  • Other novelties that come directly from RHEL 8.6, where perhaps the most important changes are.

RockyLinux 8.6 is available from yesterday May 17, and can be downloaded from this link. Existing users can open a terminal and type "dnf update" without the quotes.

In this release note they have also mentioned the possibility of moving from Red Hat Enterprise Linux to Rocky using the script migrate2rocky, available in this GitHub page. Although it is supposed to be valid for RHEL, on the GitHub page they specifically mention that “Running this script will convert an existing CentOS 8 system to Rocky Linux 8«, for those who are thinking of making the change and do not want to install from scratch.

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