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When RedHat announced the end of the CentOS Linux project a few days ago, it was quick to make it clear that the new "CentOS Stream is not a replacement" for said distribution, so far the most popular in the field of servers together with Debian and Ubuntu.

And it's true: CentOS Stream, unlike CentOS Linux, will act as a development version of Red Hat Enterprise Linux, rather than limit itself to recompiling its binaries without references to the brands and logos of Red Hat (and therefore free of charge).

Obviously convert one of the most stable distributions on the Linux scene in a Proving Ground for Red Hat Updates the spirit (and the main success factor) of CentOS is fully loaded.

A little history

Six years ago, the CentOS community agreed to be sponsored by RedHat, putting the brand and the future of distribution in their hands, and passing its developers to increase the company's staff. In return, Red Hat had to safeguard the nature of the project.

But now, just a year after IBM's acquisition of Red Hat, said promise has been betrayed. That is not to mention the promise to maintain the support of each version of CentOS for 10 years, highly appreciated given the type of environments where it was installed, but which will be violated in the case of CentOS, whose support will now end in 2021.

Faced with this situation, the CentOS user community has taken a look around, looking for alternatives. RHEL's other big clone distribution, Scientific Linux, was discontinued a year and a half ago in favor of CentOS. It is also based on RHEL Oracle Linux, but in this case we are facing a distribution in the hands of a company, not the community.

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Rocky Linux is born

So a new CentOS had to be built from scratch. And it was precisely one of the co-creators of CentOS, Gregory Kurtzer, who took advantage of the moment of confusion to encourage users and developers to join a new RHEL-based community project and that, in addition, ease the transition from CentOS to the new distribution.

This new project was born with little support other than the influence of Kurtzer and a name, Rocky Linux, given in honor of the other CentOS co-creator, the late Rocky McGough. But in just over two days he has managed to bring 750 volunteers under his banner, determined to regain the spirit of the CentOS project.

Rocky Linux already has a GitHub repository, although for now most of the work is being done through discussions in its official forum, with the aim of providing a brand image and technological and legal infrastructure to the distribution.

British developer Hayden Young, who just took on the role of Web / DNS Manager for Rocky Linux, explains although there is no official release date for now,

"An optimistic view would be [poder hacerlo] mid to late first quarter of next year, and a pessimistic [sería situarlo] closer to the middle of 2021. But in any case we will have something ready long before the end of 2021. "

CloudLinux also has something to say

If before you missed a mention of CloudLinux Among the alternatives to CentOS you are right: it is also a distribution based on RHEL and very well valued in the field of servers.

However, unlike Scientific Linux, Oracle Linux, and eventually Rocky Linux, CloudLinux is not a mere RHEL cloneInstead, it introduces changes aimed at optimizing the system for the task of providing shared hosting.

That has not prevented those responsible for this distribution from announcing creating a new parallel distribution, community and free, that the scheme followed until now by CentOS is adjusted, taking advantage of the fact that they already have "all the necessary infrastructure, software and experience". Although it still lacks a name, its launch will take place during the first quarter of 2021.