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Podcast #72: Gregory Kurtzer, Rocky Linux

by Brian Beeler
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Last week Red Hat made a fundamental change to their plan with CentOS, dramatically changing both the tracking of RHEL and the end of life, which went from 2029 to 2021. CentOS is going to become CentOS Stream, which means it’s now on an upstream continual release schedule. This means CentOS is now a preview of what’s to come in RHEL rather than a community edition of existing RHEL builds. Enterprises that rely on a stable Linux distribution that mirrors RHEL, will have to make a change away from CentOS soon.

Last week Red Hat made a fundamental change to their plan with CentOS, dramatically changing both the tracking of RHEL and the end of life, which went from 2029 to 2021. CentOS is going to become CentOS Stream, which means it’s now on an upstream continual release schedule. This means CentOS is now a preview of what’s to come in RHEL rather than a community edition of existing RHEL builds. Enterprises that rely on a stable Linux distribution that mirrors RHEL, will have to make a change away from CentOS soon.

The reasons why this change took place are largely financial, according to skeptics who place the blame firmly on IBM’s need to monetize Red Hat after the acquisition. Regardless of the motivation, many organizations, software application providers, and others will need to make a change as CentOS Stream simply isn’t a viable alternative.

Rocky Linux

Enter Gregory Kurtzer, who started CentOS 16 years ago, with an answer. Rocky Linux was birthed immediately after the announcement and in just a week, they’ve amassed thousands of contributors and supporters. Rocky Linux looks to fill the void CentOS will leave behind, with a stable and reliable community edition of RHEL. Further, Kurtzer envisions tremendous flexibility with switches available to enable all kinds of tweaks like an HPC stack or a switch for enhanced security mode.

Tune in to the podcast for all things Linux as we dive into the CentOS change, what Rocky Linux hopes to offer and even a peek at the Rocky Linux release date which should come in the first half of 2021.

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