CentOS used to be the go-to alternative for those who wanted to use
Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) without having to pay RedHat to use
it. It was a almost 1:1 clone until RedHat took control of it and
turned it into what is now a RHEL beta-version, not a stable RHEL
release without the branding. Almalinux is one of several projects
that have made their own RHEL forks in response. The first Almalinux
version is now released.
ZDNet notes that CentOS co-founder Gregory Kurtzer has announced his
own RHEL clone and CentOS replacement named Rocky Linux. But they
offer this report on AlmaLinux:
CloudLinux — which was founded in 2009 to provide a customized,
high-performance, lightweight RHEL/CentOS server clone for
multitenancy web and server hosting companies — came ready to deliver.
The new free AlmaLinux is now stable and ready for production
workloads. The company also announced the formation of a non-profit
organization: AlmaLinux Open Source Foundation. This group will take
over managing the AlmaLinux project going forward. CloudLinux has
committed a $1 million annual endowment to support the project.
Jack Aboutboul, former Red Hat and Fedora engineer and architect, will
be AlmaLinux's community manager. Altogether, Aboutboul brings over 20
years of experience in open-source communities as a participant,
manager, and evangelist... "In an effort to fill the void soon to be
left by the demise of CentOS as a stable release, AlmaLinux has been
developed in close collaboration with the Linux community," said
Aboutaboul in a statement. "These efforts resulted in a
production-ready alternative to CentOS that is supported by community
In talking with CentOS business users, who deployed CentOS on web and
host servers, I found many of them to be very hopeful about AlmaLinux.
One from a mid-Atlantic-based Linux hosting company said, "What we
want is a stable Linux that our customers can rely on from year to
year. Since CentOS Stream can't deliver that, we think — hope — that
AlmaLinux can do it for us and our users instead...."
This first release of AlmaLinux is a one-to-one binary compatible fork
of RHEL 8.3. Looking ahead, AlmaLinux will seek to keep step-in-step
with future RHEL releases... The GitHub page has already been
published and the completed source code has been published in the main
download repository. The CloudLinux engineering team has also
published FAQ on AlmaLinux Wiki.
"The sudden shift in direction for CentOS that was announced in
December created a big void for millions of CentOS users," said Simon
Phipps, open source advocate and a former president of the Open Source
Initiative who is on the governing board of the AlmaLinux project. In
a statement, Phipps said that "As a drop-in open-source replacement,
AlmaLinux provides those users with continuity and new opportunity to
be part of a vibrant community built around creating and supporting
this new Linux distribution under non-profit governance.
"I give a lot of credit to CloudLinux for stepping in to offer CentOS
users a lifeline to continue with AlmaLinux."'
-- source: https://linux.slashdot.org/story/21/04/03/0450256
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