Robert Miller

Robert Miller

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AlmaLinux OS stable release

AlmaLinux OS, which is a drop in replacement for CentOS 8, has released the first stable version!

AlmaLinux OS, which is a drop in replacement for CentOS 8, has released the first stable version!
AlmaLinux OS stable release

Backstory

In late 2020, RHEL (which is owned by IBM) announced that it would be removing the promised 10 year support for CentOS 8 and instead drop the OS version completely in 2021 and make CentOS an upstream OS.

This means that instead of enjoying the stability of CentOS, you get all the instability of a constantly updating system (I am looking at you Windows). Thanks 2020!

2020 was a bad year


This definitely caused an uproar, as upwards of 16 percent of the server market share is CentOS according to Datanyze. As an example, this is much higher than the Windows server market share, which is hovering just below 2 percent.


AlmaLinux OS to the rescue


This OS, which is backed and built by CloudLinux is doing the opposite of what RHEL is planning to do. AlmaLinux OS intends to provide downstream updates of RHEL. This means that instead of getting unstable updates from the proposed CentOS Stream, you'll get updates that pass through CentOS Stream on to RHEL and finally on to AlmaLinux, allowing for a more stable operating environment.


Early usage

On the AlmaLinux reddit, there is already some excitement. One redditor on the AlmaLinux Reddit confirmed that they are already using the stable version for their CV website in Germany.

cPanel also announced that it will support AlmaLinux on its platform from day 1 on cPanel version 94. In that same announcement they also seem to plan further OS support going forward, but we'll have to wait and see what exactly that looks like.

More information

The best place for information is going to be at the AlmaLinux website. I'll provide some convenient links below.

AlmaLinux website
https://almalinux.org/

AlmaLinux reddit
https://www.reddit.com/r/AlmaLinux/

AlmaLinux release post
https://almalinux.org/blog/almalinux-os-stable-release-is-live/