The maker of Linux-based operating systems for web hosting providers, CloudLinux, will invest $1 million annually in Project Lenix. This open source community-driven initiative around its RHEL fork is intended as a safe haven for CentOS users “left stranded” with Red Hat’s announcement this month.
“RedHat’s announcement has left users looking for an alternative with all that CentOS provides and without the disruption of having to move to alternative distributions,” said Igor Seletskiy, CEO and founder of CloudLinux. “We promise to dedicate the resources required to Project Lenix that will ensure impartiality and a not-for-profit community initiative. CloudLinux already has the assets, infrastructure and experience to carry out the mission, and we promise to be open about the process of developing Project Lenix.”
So, CloudLinux is sponsoring Project Lenix. It would create a free, open-source, community-driven, 1:1 binary compatible fork of RHEL 8 (and future releases). It would provide an uninterrupted way to convert existing CentOS servers with absolutely zero downtime. Entire server fleets will be able to be converted with a single command with no reinstallation and no reboots required.
The first software release will be delivered in 1Q 2021, according to the Cloud Linux blog.
Based on the research conducted on the CloudLinux website with 2,000 Linux enthusiasts, most of the CentOS users (62%) seem to wait for another RHEL fork to be released instead of migrating to Ubuntu, Debian, OpenSUSE, or paid operating systems.
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The name of the open source software will be decided by the project governing body. To learn more about Project Lenix visit: https://www.projectlenix.org.
With 10 years of experience building a hardened CentOS Linux developed for data centers and especially hosting companies, CloudLinux combines in-depth technical knowledge of enterprise infrastructure, kernel development, and open source with client care expertise. The CloudLinux team has more than 450 combined years working with Linux with more than 200,000 product installations and 4,000 customers that include Liquid Web, 1&1, and Dell.