As you know, Red Hat and IBM shocked the Linux community by killing CentOS 8 stable. There will be no CentOS Linux. Red Hat announced that there would be only CentOS Stream, which will act as a rolling version, and it will be used as next RHEL. Now we have a possible alternative called Rocky Linux.
Ars, CentOS co-founder Greg Kurtzer is one of the many community members who isn’t happy about Red Hat’s decision to shutter CentOS Linux. Kurtzer issued the following press statement Wednesday:
I was just as shocked as the rest of the community with the news from Red Hat. When I started CentOS 16 years ago, I never imagined the incredible reach and impact it would have around the world on individuals and companies who rely on CentOS for Linux distribution. In response to this unexpected shift, I am proud to announce the launch of a new project, Rocky Linux
I am going to treat CentOS Stream as beta or development software. I would rather use Arch Linux or Debian testing than deal with these IBM shenanigans. I strongly belive that both Ubuntu/Debian and SUSE/OpenSUSE will gain market share. Here are percentages of websites using various subcategories (distros) of Linux:
What is the Rocky Linux Project?
From the project site:
Rocky Linux is a community enterprise operating system designed to be 100% bug-for-bug compatible with Red Hat Enterprise Linux now that CentOS has shifted direction. It is under intensive development by the community. Rocky Linux is led by Gregory Kurtzer, founder of the CentOS project. There is no ETA for a release. Contributors are asked to reach out using the communication options offered on this site.
CloudLinux, yet another alternative and RHEL 8 fork for CentOS 8 users
According to Wikipedia, CloudLinux OS is a Linux distribution marketed to shared hosting providers. It is developed by software company CloudLinux, Inc. CloudLinux OS is based on the CentOS operating system. In a blog post, they announced RHEL 8 fork too:
We already maintain CloudLinux OS, we plan to release a free, open-sourced, community-driven, 1:1 binary compatible fork of RHEL® 8 (and future releases) in the Q1 of 2021. We will create a separate, totally free OS that is fully binary compatible with RHEL® 8 (and future versions). We will sponsor the development & maintenance of such OS. We will work on establishing a community around the OS, with the governing board from members of the community.
IBM now owns Red Hat software. Hence, they are trying to milk every penny out of their purchase. I fully expect IBM to make a massive pricing change in Red Hat owned software like RHEL, Ansible, Red Hat Virtualization, OpenStack, JBoss Enterprise, and other apps. They will use corporate lawyers to put even more severe licensing for RHEL and make it unlikely for anyone to fork Red Hat Enterprise Linux soon. I am looking forward to seeing Rocky Linux as a successor to CentOS, and I wish them good luck as it takes time to rebuild goodwill and the brand in the open-source world. Would you use Rocky Linux when released?