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CentOS, RHEL, and Alma: The Plot Thickens!

IBM recently announced that CentOS was no longer going to be CentOS.  As we discussed previously, CentOS used to be downstream of RedHat Enterprise Linux and was a nearly 1:1 clone.  Now it’s moving upstream and will be a place for development and experimentation, which is a radical departure from its previous usage.

In the past couple of days, there have been two new developments:

  • IBM announced that starting February 1, RedHat Enterprise Linux will be free for up to 16 production servers.  This is a huge departure from previous pricing.  Although the sudden CentOS change may have left a bad taste in some user’s mouths, the opportunity to run your systems on true RHEL will be attractive for many.
  • CloudLinux announced AlmaLinux.  LowEndBox recently interviewed Igor Seletskiy, CEO of CloudLinux.  They’d tentatively named their project Project Lenix but AlmaLinux is the go-forward name.

The Linux landscape is always dynamic and changing so stay tuned for further news on this front.

In the meantime, here is an interview with Igor Seletskiy on CloudLinux’s CentOS Replacement project from December 4, 2020:


1 Comment

  1. Kries:

    I dont trust CloudLinux right now… he is so ambitious and self promoter and made deals with Litespeed already, seems trying to make some relationship with cPanel too??

    CentOS was always using more RAM than Ubuntu server as well…. Ubuntu LTS and Nginx <3<3

    January 24, 2021 @ 7:15 pm | Reply

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