AlmaLinux, a CentOS alternative is planned to release by March 2021

CloudLinux is announcing project AlmaLinux, formerly known as Lenix, by officially publishing its website and stating that the release will be available in the first quarter of this year- 2021.

CentOS alternative Linux distros are now in quite searches after the announcement of RedHat, which is the life of CentOS 8 Linux going to end soon this year. Thus, it gave other companies and developers a chance to grab the users who will be coerced to adopt the paid licensing of RHEL.

For example, CentOS’s initial developer and the founder of the CentOS project Gregory Kurtzer stated immediately after the RHEL announcement that they are coming soon with RockyLinux, based on RHEL code. And on the same path CloudLinux that already has its CentOS-based OS for hosting services announced a parallel project Lenix, that is finally now has been named “Alma Linux”. Alma is a Spanish word, means “the soul”.

Cloud Linux recently has published the official website for Alma Linux that will be a CentOS replacement and 1:1 binary compatible fork of RHEL. As per the official CloudLinux blog, the developers are planning to release the first version of the Alma Linux by March 2021, which is the first quarter of this year.

As Red Hat provides the RHEL source packages free of charge under the GPL, thus Alma Linux distribution will be fully binary compatible with Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL).

CloudLinux blog also stated that the switching would be easy with minimum efforts from the existing CentOS Linux to  AlmaLinux because it is a compatible fork of RHEL. However, the specific version supported for migration has not been listed yet, however, it would be CentOS 8 Linux, of course.

Furthermore, CloudLinux has planned to support its upcoming Alma Linux until at least 2029 and investing a minimum of $1m per year in its development.

CentOS was started in 2004 as a community project for an RHEL-compatible Linux distribution. In 2014, CentOS and Red Hat merged.

Since then, every new RHEL version has been followed by a CentOS version without proprietary content and certified security policies from Red Hat.

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