Gregory kurtzer, founder of CentOS, announced that rocky Linux, an alternative to CentOS Linux, will be released in the second quarter of 2021.
Earlier this month, red hat announced that it would no longer maintain CentOS Linux, but instead focus on CentOS stream. The news of termination of CentOS Linux caused strong dissatisfaction among many users. Gregory M. kurtzer, founder of CentOS Linux, immediately created a new project called rocky Linux.
The first version of rocky Linux will be released in the second quarter of next year
When rocky Linux was just launched, the number of stars had already exceeded 2000 before any code was submitted. Gregory M. kurtzer wrote in the new project: “Rocky Linux is a community enterprise operating system, which is designed to be 100% compatible with Red Hat Enterprise Linux due to the change of direction of CentOS.”
According to the latest update of the project, the first version of rocky Linux should be released after March 2021 and can be used for enterprise testing early next year.
Jordan pisaniello, rocky Linux community manager, said: “the core team is working to build the infrastructure to support the legal entity and the engineering work required to deliver and support the initial release.”
He also stressed, “our goal is to release our first rocky Linux version in the second quarter of 2021.”
The rocky Linux team chose Amazon Web services (AWS) as the main building platform for rocky Linux development. They said AWS was chosen mainly to protect the integrity of the rocky linux software supply chain.
Jordan Pisaniello points out that the operating system will be provided in the standard business area and Amazon Web Services (AWS) GovCloud and Chinese mainland.
“Transparency with the community is crucial for communities and users who rely on rocky Linux to replace CentOS 8 installations before support expires,” he added
Red hat stops maintaining CentOS Linux
According to red hat’s previous instructions, CentOS Linux 8 will stop maintenance at the end of 2021, and the life cycle of CentOS Linux 7 will end on June 30, 2024.
Many users expressed dissatisfaction with red hat’s decision. Some people said publicly, “if red hat stops maintaining CentOS Linux, we will move to other places and take away thousands of customers.”
Different from these objections, Jim Perrin, a former Red Hat developer and a member of the board of directors of CentOS, Microsoft’s chief program manager, believes that “CentOS stream provides users with a way to submit pull requests and explains why pull requests should be included. This is a significant improvement on the past.”
The rocky Linux team said that they would soon provide a schedule for delivering build systems and infrastructure, automated package build infrastructure, when to do package repository testing, and setup test preparation. They are also providing a schedule for community testing and determining when to release candidate versions.
Currently, the rocky Linux team is still negotiating physical infrastructure hosting with a number of data center providers.