CloudLinux CentOS Replacement Available in Q1, Named AlmaLinux

CloudLinux has named the free CentOS replacement AlmaLinux. Previously, it was code-named Project Lenix. This “forever-free” Linux distribution will be available in the first quarter this year.

Following Red Hat’s December 2020 announcement that the CentOS stable release is no longer under development, CloudLinux launched a project to deliver a drop-in replacement. The project was code-named Project Lenix.

AlmaLinux references the Latin-language word for soul. CloudLinux chose the name AlmaLinux in honor of the tireless efforts of the Linux community, efforts that started with Linus Torvalds’ first Linux kernel release in 1991. According to CloudLinux, it’s the diverse individuals and organizations that constitute the Linux community and the soul of Linux. They have developed Linux into a flexible operating system (OS) kernel, now powering everything from desktops to enterprise servers.

“Why alma? Just like every developer and every user that relies on a Linux-powered OS, we at CloudLinux benefit from the dedicated and often selfless efforts of the Linux community,” said Igor Seletskiy, CEO and founder of CloudLinux. “This community is the soul of Linux. In the spirit of the Linux community, we decided to name our new distribution AlmaLinux.”

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“This community is the soul of Linux. In the spirit of the Linux community, we decided to name our new distribution AlmaLinux,” said Igor Seletskiy, CEO and founder of CloudLinux.

In delivering AlmaLinux to the community, CloudLinux pivots off its existing, established Linux expertise. The team at CloudLinux has spent 10 years building, developing, and supporting the CloudLinux OS. CloudLinux OS supports enterprise-scale server fleets in the cloud and is in itself a version of CentOS, the free RHEL fork.

“The demise of the CentOS stable release left a very large gap in the Linux community which prompted CloudLinux to step in and launch a CentOS alternative,” added Mr. Seletskiy. “For CloudLinux it was an obvious move: the Linux community was in need, and the CloudLinux OS is a CentOS clone with significant pedigree – including over 200,000 active server instances. AlmaLinux is built with CloudLinux expertise but will be owned and governed by the community. We intend to deliver this forever-free Linux distribution this quarter.”

In delivering AlmaLinux to the community, CloudLinux pivots off its existing, established Linux expertise. The team at CloudLinux has spent 10 years building, developing, and supporting the CloudLinux OS. CloudLinux OS supports enterprise-scale server fleets in the cloud and is in itself a version of CentOS, the free RHEL fork.

Project Lenix has now crystallized into AlmaLinux, a 1:1 binary compatible fork of RHEL 8, with an effortless migration path from CentOS to AlmaLinux. Future RHEL releases will also be forked into a new AlmaLinux release. CloudLinux backs AlmaLinux with $1 million annual investment in development, and a commitment to supporting AlmaLinux through 2029.

 

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