Rocky Linux 8.4's First RC Released

La Rocky Enterprise Software Foundation (RESF) released the release of the first release candidate (RC) of Rocky Linux 8.4 which arrives after a few days of version 8.3 RC. And it is that in this new released version various corrections, optimizations have been made and, above all, the integrity of the system has been improved.

Despite this, It is important to note that the distribution is currently not suitable for daily use, since there are still various problems and above all there may still be some BUGs that have not been detected. That is why these types of releases are purely for testing and for those who are interested in participating in the detection of errors, can report the problems found directly in the Rocky Linux forums.

Though following the announcement of the liberation of these RC in these days, the RESF Foundation, led by CentOS co-founder Gregory Kurtzer, explain what started in a comment thread on a Red Hat blog in December 2020 it has grown into a community of over ten thousand people in a matter of days.

From there, teams grew around infrastructure, branding, website, development, special interest groups, and more. As of February 2021, more than 80 million visits had been recorded on various social media platforms and news sites. And now, four months later, we have a true open business community operating system. More than that, we have a community, which goes far beyond the framework of a simple Linux distribution.

About Rocky Linux

For those who still do not know how this Linux distribution was born, you should know whatAt the end of last year, Red Hat decided that its investments previously intended to support CentOS Linux would be redirected to CentOS Stream during the year 2021.

In other words, Red Hat no longer committed to supporting CentOS after 2021. Likewise, the maintenance of CentOS Linux, which would be provided until May 31, 2029, was brought closer by Red Hat to December 31, 2021. Like others With this decision, the new CentOS Stream project was placed upstream of RHEL and At the same time, CentOS Linux, which was downstream from RHEL, was removed.

Seeing openly the abandonment of CentOS by Red Hat, Gregory Kurtzer, co-founder of CentOS, launched the Rocky Linux project with which it shows that the CentOS distribution is not dead and with which also several big names in the technology industry such as Amazon Web Services, GitLab, MontaVista, OpenDrives and CIQ are part of the team that supports Rocky Linux in resources, finances , software and infrastructure.

However, although after the first Rocky Linux RC (8.3) an important milestone was marked for the project, it proved that there was still a lot to do.

With this, the RESF Foundation recognized this and mentioned that it was only the beginning of the sustainable development process of an open enterprise operating system designed by the community and for the community.

Rocky Linux 8.4 RC1 Key New Features

On Rocky Linux 8.4 RC1 it is mentioned that a new implementation of the memory controller slab has been integrated for control group technology. The slab memory controller thereby improves utilization and allows memory accounting to be changed from the page level to the object level. As a result, a significant drop in the total memory footprint of the kernel and positive effects on memory fragmentation can be observed.

Furthermore, it is mentioned that the IPsec VPN provided by Libreswan now supports TCP encapsulation and security labels for IKEv2 and that the scap-security-guide packages have been relocated to version 0.1.54 and OpenSCAP has been relocated to version 1.3.4.

Also New modules added from:

  • Python 3.9
  • SWIG 4.0
  • SubVersion 1.14
  • Redis 6
  • PostgreSQL 13
  • MariaDB 10.5

Finally, it is also noted that the fapolicyd framework now provides integrity checking and the RPM plugin now logs any system updates that are handled by YUM or the RPM package manager.

If you want to know more about it about this new version or get the iso image of the system, you can do it from the following link.


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