Rocky Linux, this is what we know about this distribution that comes to replace CentOS

As many of you will know (and for those who still do not know) la Last week, the Red Hat team announced the death of CentOS (the Linux distribution dedicated to servers and workstations). In his statement, the Red Hat representative said “that during next year they will go from CentOS to CentOS Stream, which comes just before a remake by RHEL. »

CentOS Stream will continue to serve as an upstream branch (growth) from Red Hat Enterprise Linux. The company adds “that at the end of CentOS Linux 8 (rebuilding RHEL 8) your best option will be to migrate to CentOS Stream 8, which is a small delta of CentOS Linux 8, and has regular updates like traditional versions of CentOS Linux ( If you want to know more about it, you can consult the publication we make In the following link)

Faced with this statement, the founder of the distribution, Gregory Kurtzer, announced that due to discussions on Red Hat's Transformation of the CentOS Stable Platform to a Continuous Test Distribution of "CentOS Stream" announced its intention to create a new rebuild of RHEL and invited other developers to join this initiative.

The project Rocky Linux, which aims to create a new free version of RHEL that can replace the classic CentOS, has published its first report. Some interesting points:

The Rocky Linux Foundation, an organization non-profit, is registered in the United States to oversee development, serve as liaison with the sponsors and legally represent the project.

It is envisaged that project developments are released under the BSD license, but the problem has not yet been finally resolved and is being discussed in the community.
The main focus is to prepare the infrastructure to support the project and develop the first version, which is expected by the beginning of the second quarter of 2021. In the near future, a schedule will be published to launch assembly systems, an infrastructure for the automatic assembly of packages, a repository for testing packages, and components for testing an installer.

Amazon Web Services (AWS) will be used as the main platform to run build servers to simplify infrastructure maintenance and security. The physical infrastructure is likely hosted by OSUOSL (Oregon State University Open Source Laboratory).

In addition, to organize the compilation processes, it was decided to use Koji, Mock and MBS (Module Build Service), used in Fedora and the development of scripts has also begun, which will be used to download the sources of the RHEL packages, change the Make and compile using the Koji and Mock toolkits.

Of the main tasks of the team infrastructure are:

  • Provide automated and secure builds of packages and distribution components that can be used for community testing without the risk of compromising and compromising the resulting packages.
  • Guarantee the integrity and security of the entire assembly line and development processes (supply chain).
  • As independent as possible from individual vendors and platforms. Avoid supplier binding.
  • Transparency project for the community.
  • More than 370 people have registered as volunteers and are willing to support the project.
  • Several companies have expressed their desire to become project sponsors and are ready to provide developers, equipment, financing, and cloud environments for the infrastructure.
  • Initially, the Slack service was used to organize the communication of the participants, but it is planned to replace it with its own server based on the open Mattermost platform.

Also, the possibility of creating additional editions (SIG, Special Interest Groups) for desktops and laptops, advanced protection, Kubernetes / Cloud Native deployment, minimal installation, storage creation and high performance computing organization is being considered.

Finally, if you are interested in knowing more about it About Rocky Linux plans and development, you can check the details on its official website.

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