CentOS Linux End Of Life

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The CentOS Project recently announced that CentOS Linux support is ending in favor of CentOS Stream. What does this mean for me?

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CentOS recently announced on their blog that CentOS Linux would be ending, and that support will be shifting to CentOS Stream. The major difference between these two is that the Linux version tracks behind RHEL (Red Hat Enterprise Linux), whereas Stream tracks before RHEL. This means Stream will have a quicker update cycle and may be more prone to bugs or other stability issues.

Make sure to read the full CentOS Blog for more information. On that blog you’ll also find a FAQ page with some additional insights into this decision and what it means.

Customers looking for an alternative have a few options. As always, you can make use of Ubuntu or Debian. In addition to those distributions there are a few alternatives that aim at keeping a version of CentOS (or a fork of RHEL) maintained:

We are currently investigating the best path forward for Linode and the various CentOS distributions we offer. If there’s anything you’d like to see as a replacement, or if you have any questions, feel free to comment them on this post.

For now, we recommend customers on CentOS 8 begin planning for a migration from CentOS 8 Linux to Stream. While CentOS 7 will continue to be supported until 2024, CentOS 8 will stop receiving support at the end of 2021. At that time only the Stream version will be maintained.

Converting to Stream can be done by running the following commands. We recommend you create a backup before following these steps to ensure you can recover if something unexpected occurs.

The following is from https://www.centos.org/centos-stream/

Converting from CentOS Linux to CentOS Stream
[email protected]# dnf install centos-release-stream
[email protected]# dnf swap centos-{linux,stream}-repos
[email protected]# dnf distro-sync
[email protected]# cat /etc/centos-release
CentOS Stream release 8

Would love to see Linode offer out of box OS images for Oracle Linux and eventually Rocky Linux at least :)

Hey @eva2000 - this is great feedback. :)

We've had a couple other requests for both Oracle Linux and Rocky Linux recently, so I added your requests to our internal trackers. I can't promise definite implementation or a timeframe, but I can promise it's something we're at least talking about.

I had requested AlmaLinux and Oracle only because they are both already available albeit, AlmaLinux is in beta. But if people want to migrate soon that would be helpful. Rocky can be added later. It doesn't hurt to have a few options. From a community open source stand point, Almalinux and Rocky might be the best options. Oracle ruined mysql so…lol. Luckily we got mariaDB.

I wanted to provide some additional information on how we plan to handle the switch to CentOS Stream. Linode supports a distribution for up to 6 months following its official end of life. This means we will be removing CentOS 8 as a deployable distribution in 2022 provided its EOL date does not change. CentOS 8 Stream is already available on Linode for those who need it.

Users will be able to deploy CentOS 7 until 2024, provided the EOL date for this does not change. Red Hat has also made a self-supported, free license available for small production deployments. You can learn more about that on their blog.

We're paying close attention to a few alternatives such as Rocky and Oracle Linux, along with Alma Linux. Feel free to add any other suggestions you'd like to see included in our distribution list.

Rocky Linux looks really interesting, and apparently there will be a 1-line command to convert a CentOS 8 installation to Rocky.

Here's an interview with the founder of the project, Gregory Kurtzer. I'm disappointed that Linode isn't mentioned in the question about major cloud providers.



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