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CentOS support being killed off by Red Hat

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Red Hat is ending CentOS in favor of CentOS Stream, a rolling preview of the next phase that Red Hat enterprise will be taking. Support for CentOS 8 ends this year instead of the expected 10-year support life which was expected to be 2029. If you're still running CentOS 7 support will be available until 2024

 

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"Current CentOS users will need to migrate either to RHEL itself or to the newer CentOS Stream project, originally announced in September 2019. The distribution FAQ states that CentOS Stream will not be "the RHEL beta test platform," but CentOS Community Manager Rich Bowen's own announcement describes Stream as "the upstream (development) branch of Red Hat Enterprise Linux."

 

My thoughts

The company I work for has a lot of our servers running CentOS and the DCO crews are starting to look at options moving forward, a lot of big time corportaions used CentOS so there might be significant shifts in distro usage as they move to change over.

 

A Quote from the second article cited:

"According to a CloudLinux survey, most CentOS users, 60.5%, are waiting for a CentOS fork to be released. Of the rest, 16.7% are looking to Debian Linux, 12.4% are considering Ubuntu, while 10.4% are thinking about openSUSE."

 

Sources

 https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2020/12/centos-shifts-from-red-hat-unbranded-to-red-hat-beta/

 

 https://www.zdnet.com/article/where-centos-linux-users-can-go-from-here/

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34 minutes ago, DeezNUCs said:

Summary

 

Red Hat is ending CentOS in favor of CentOS Stream, a rolling preview of the next phase that Red Hat enterprise will be taking. Support for CentOS 8 ends this year instead of the expected 10-year support life which was expected to be 2029. If you're still running CentOS 7 support will be available until 2024

 

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My thoughts

The company I work for has a lot of our servers running CentOS and the DCO crews are starting to look at options moving forward, a lot of big time corportaions used CentOS so there might be significant shifts in distro usage as they move to change over.

 

A Quote from the second article cited:

"According to a CloudLinux survey, most CentOS users, 60.5%, are waiting for a CentOS fork to be released. Of the rest, 16.7% are looking to Debian Linux, 12.4% are considering Ubuntu, while 10.4% are thinking about openSUSE."

 

Sources

https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2020/12/centos-shifts-from-red-hat-unbranded-to-red-hat-beta/

 

https://www.zdnet.com/article/where-centos-linux-users-can-go-from-here/

I have my company servers running Debian with a custom kernel. I did expect that to happen a long time ago. At home I have Linux Mint pc and another Debian based NAS running. I know guys that are involved with Red Hat and they do a lot for the community in general, especially when it comes to driver support. However the ones up top would like to make money out if as well, so yeah.... I would expect at least one fork to come out of this eventually. I haven't touched openSUSE but SUSE was one of the first ones that had a stable KDE implementation back in the day. I like Debian because of having worked on it for over a decade. Same can be said about Red Hat / Cent OS people. It is hard to switch and I would advise everyone to stay with what they feel most comfortable with. By the time support ends, there will be viable alternatives, I would bet on it. The community is strong and free.

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community based alternative for it (in progress, not complete yet):
https://rockylinux.org/

 

also btw this whole situation is likely a product of the IBM acquisition of RedHat if I had to guess. 😞 

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