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Navy Linux, a future alternative to CentOS Linux led by a young Spaniard and focused on minimal hardware requirements



In the heat of the demise of CentOS Linux, several initiatives have emerged to try to replace, in the near future, the binary-level fork of Red Hat Enterprise Linux. One of them is Navy Linux, a project led by Spaniard Domingo Ruiz, a young man from Malaga, student of the upper cycle of Administration of Computer Systems in Network.



The birth of this possible alternative to CentOS It came, like almost all the others that have been released since then, after Red Hat's announcement that the derivative of the RHEL commercial was going to be history as we knew it.






Avoiding dependence on "external forces" is the foundational basis of Navy Linux, according to the project leader, Domingo Ruiz.




"The sudden change in direction of CentOS made us realize that such twists and turns will continue to affect a large number of people unless someone steps forward and makes us less dependent on external forces," Ruiz tells Genbeta. "This was the founding foundation of Navy Linux".



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The immediate objective of the project is serve the community that has been affected by the sudden switch from CentOS Linux 8, which will see its end on December 31, 2021. Promising the same experience that Minimal CentOS Linux offered.



"We are focusing on a minimal installation type build and the community voted to build a CentOS-like experience for users," they explain to us from the development team. It will have the basics for a server, without a graphical environment. With this milestone achieved, they will go further.




"What unites us is the focus on community-driven development and maintenance."










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Navy Linux boot boot

Navy Linux boot 'boot'. / The Navy Linux Project



This is currently formed by a hard core of four people, commanded by Domingo Ruiz, and little more than forty collaborators (though they keep looking for hands to get to work on this community initiative) who contribute to various aspects of the Navy Linux development process.



The team defines itself as multidisciplinary, with members specialized in different fields, who have had and have a relationship with CentOS through the companies they work for, their studies and, above all, through personal projects. "What unites us is the focus on community-driven development and maintenance, always," they comment.




The Navy Linux Project aims to ensure that your RHEL fork keeps hardware resource requirements to a minimum








Navy Linux installation screen.

Navy Linux installation screen. / The Navy Linux Project









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After reaching that first objective which is to openly develop your system before the last day of this 2021, when CentOS Linux says goodbye definitively, The Navy Linux Project aims to ensure that your RHEL fork keeps hardware resource requirements to a minimum naturally resulting in a stable and secure Linux system.



Navy Linux, community project with a board of directors and core teams voted by the community, already has partners that provide them with VPS servers, help them with the implementation, installation, configuration regarding our infrastructure, as well as promotional tasks. We will remain attentive to its evolution and the realization of its good intentions.