Soon after Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.5 was released, AlmaLinux 8.5 Stable was made available. Not to be outshined, the original developer of CentOS has unleashed the 8.5 version of Rocky Linux, which introduces a crucial feature for mass adoptions, Secure Boot support.
Main developer (and original creator of CentOS), Gregory Kurtzer, says of this release, “There was an amazing amount of work and collaboration that went into this release. The Rocky Release Engineering team went far and above the call of duty to make 8.5 a reality so quickly.”
The one caveat to the Secure Boot option is that it must be activated after installation. For this, admins will need to run the commands:
sudo dnf install -y keyutils sudo keyctl show %:.platform sudo mokutil --sb
Other additions to Rocky Linux 8.5 include the FastestMirror DNF plugin (for faster network installations), Thunderbird with PGP support, Raspberry Pi AArch64 support, an enhanced Cockpit web console, better container support, new system roles, OpenJDK 17 support, and the newly-added Network Time Security protocol for use with NTP.
Download a copy of Rocky Linux 8.5 from the official website and read through the entire release notes for more information.