It has been almost two weeks since the announcement of dropping maintenance support for CentOS Linux and shifting full focus to its future CentOS Stream, which ultimately led to the creation of a new alternative Rocky Linux by CentOS creator Greg Kurtzer itself.
Now, in the very first community update, Rocky Linux Community Manager Jordan Pisaniello has shared all the progress done so far and updates for future releases of Rocky Linux.
The team has targeted 2021 Q2 that includes April, May, and June to deliver the first release of Rocky Linux. And the release won’t just be available in standard commercial regions, but it will also be available in AWS GovCloud, and China.
The core team is already laying down the infrastructure to deliver and support an initial release. It has also selected AWS (Amazon Web Services) as the primary build platform for the development of Rocky Linux.
For the build process of Rocky Linux, it will use Koji software and Module Build Service (MBS). However, the team is also developing scripts and build tools for smoothing the packaging and building process.
Furthermore, the security team has also drafted a Data Classification Policy and laid out groups, members, and permissions structures for the build infrastructure.
For more details about the development efforts of Rocky Linux, you can check out the official wiki page.
As of now, Rocky Linux has no exact ETA for even a release candidate availability. However, the team will soon share a timeline for the delivery of automatic package build infrastructures, installer testing readiness, package repository, and more.
Nonetheless, if you want to be part of Rocky Linux team and contribute to its development in any way, you can fill out the participation form available here or reach them out directly via email at [email protected].