AlmaLinux OS 8.5 Now Available for PowerPC

The AlmaLinux OS Foundation, the non-profit that oversees the community-owned and governed open source CentOS alternative, has announced a new stable release that includes PowerPC architecture and IBM Power Systems support, bringing it closer to parity with Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) and CentOS. 

AlmaLinux has added support for 64-bit PowerPC architectures, including the release of binary and source RPMs, container images, and cloud images, thanks to community members and a variety of partners, including infrastructure support from the Oregon State University Open Source Lab and testing by researchers at CERN.

Since AlmaLinux OS 8.4, AlmaLinux has provided complete support for ARM architectures, as well as broad availability of x86 64 since AlmaLinux OS 8.3.

“The AlmaLinux community is working tirelessly to deliver parity with RHEL and CentOS at all levels, providing former CentOS users with the obvious choice for a production-ready, drop-in replacement,” said Jack Aboutboul, community manager for AlmaLinux. “This includes ensuring the most popular architectures and hardware are supported and well tested. We’re looking beyond just the base operating system, in providing containers and cloud images as well, since those are of extreme importance and utility to our users. We’re currently working to deliver support for S/390 as well for eventual full parity with RHEL. The community shouldn’t settle for anything less.”

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Photo Jack Aboutboul, community manager for AlmaLinux
“The AlmaLinux community is working tirelessly to deliver parity with RHEL and CentOS at all levels, providing former CentOS users with the obvious choice for a production-ready, drop-in replacement,” said Jack Aboutboul, community manager for AlmaLinux.

“We’re glad to empower the AlmaLinux community with access to POWER architecture for development and testing via our relationship with IBM,” said Lance Albertson, Director of the Oregon State University Open Source Lab (OSUOSL). “We strive to provide an on-ramp to a variety of architectures for FOSS projects, including POWER and ARM64.”

AlmaLinux is a production-ready 1:1 drop-in replacement for the CentOS Linux distribution that is end-of-life as of December 31, 2021.

Since its launch in January 2021, the community has released three versions, including AlmaLinux 8.5 within 48 hours of RHEL’s release, obtained 501(c)(6) nonprofit status, secured its first Platinum sponsor Codenotary, and the OS has received over a million Docker pulls, among a slew of other first-year milestones.