Last month, the CentOS team’s announcement to replace and shift full focus from CentOS Linux to its future replacement CentOS Stream led to the creation of new alternative distributions such as Rocky Linux by CentOS creator Greg Kurtzer, and Project Lenix by CloudLinux Inc.
On the one hand, Rocky Linux targeted its first release in 2021 Q2, i.e., after March. On the other, Project Lenix aimed for 2021 Q1, i.e., before March.
Continuing the latest development on Project Lenix, CloudLinux has now renamed this CentOS alternative as AlmaLinux.
CloudLinux chose the name ‘AlmaLinux’ (a Latin-language word for soul) in honor of the Linux community’s tireless efforts.
However, the project’s goal and rest remain the same: to provide a completely free, open-source, community-owned and governed, stable, production-ready, and 1:1 binary compatible fork of RHEL (Red Hat Enterprise Linux) 8.
AlmaLinux Linux distribution also intends to be an alternative to CentOS stable release. If you want to switch from CentOS, it also offers effortless and rapid transition with minimal investment and no software changes using a single command.
As you may also know that while announcing the community-driven RHEL fork Project Lenix (which is now AlmaLinux), CloudLinux Inc committed $1 million annual sponsorship for the development, maintenance, security, and other support to this Linux distribution.
Additionally, the team at CloudLinux will support future RHEL releases to provide stable and well-tested updates to AlmaLinux through 2029, free of charges or fees.
If you want to know more about AlmaLinux, check out the official site.