The future of CentOS Linux is CentOS Stream – RedHat

As the title says ‘The future of CentOS Linux is CentOS Stream’. Why because IBM owned RedHat is shifting their investment fully from CentOS Linux to CentOS Stream. They are killing support for CentOS Linux and further will work on CentOS Stream under The CentOS Project.

The CentOS Project is a community-driven free software effort focused on delivering a robust open-source ecosystem around a Linux platform.

CentOS Linux, the rebuild of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), to CentOS Stream, which tracks just ahead of a current RHEL release. CentOS Linux 8, as a rebuild of RHEL 8, will end at the end of 2021. CentOS Stream continues after that date, serving as the upstream (development) branch of Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

CentOS Stream will also be the centerpiece of a major shift in collaboration among the CentOS Special Interest Groups (SIGs). This ensures SIGs are developing and testing against what becomes the next version of RHEL. This also provides SIGs a clear single goal, rather than having to build and test for two releases. It gives the CentOS contributor community a great deal of influence in the future of RHEL. And it removes confusion around what “CentOS” means in the Linux distribution ecosystem.

“When CentOS Linux 8 (the rebuild of RHEL8) ends, your best option will be to migrate to CentOS Stream 8, which is a small delta from CentOS Linux 8 and has regular updates like traditional CentOS Linux releases. If you are using CentOS Linux 8 in a production environment, and are concerned that CentOS Stream will not meet your needs, we encourage you to contact Red Hat about options.”, said Rich Bowen from CentOS Project.

You can also visit the FAQ – CentOS Project shifts focus to CentOS Stream to know more about it.

About CentOS and CentOS Stream

The word “CentOS” (Community ENTerprise Operating System) has long meant a reliable Linux distribution in the Red Hat ecosystem, it also means the people who create and use the technology. With this move to CentOS Stream as the project focus, the CentOS community will continue to bring the same features to our Linux distro. If you are a CentOS Linux user, don’t worry! There will be a CentOS distribution in the future.

Source: CentOS Stream: Building an innovative future for enterprise Linux – RedHat

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