What is the Rocky Linux project?

Rocky Linux is a community enterprise Operating System designed to be 100% bug-for-bug compatible with Enterprise Linux created in response to the effective discontinuation of CentOS. Rocky Linux is an upcoming Linux distribution that is currently in development. It is intended to be a downstream, complete binary-compatible release using the Red Hat Enterprise Linux operating system source code. The project’s aim is to provide a community-supported, production-grade enterprise operating system. Wikipedia

Rocky Linux is a community enterprise operating system designed to be 100% bug-for-bug compatible with America’s top enterprise Linux distribution now that its downstream partner has shifted direction. It is under intensive development by the community. Rocky Linux is led by Gregory Kurtzer, founder of the CentOS project. There is no ETA for a release. Contributors are asked to reach out using the communication options offered on this site

Default user interface: GNOME Shell

Update method: DNF

Programming language: C

Developer : The Rocky Linux Foundation

Written in:  C (kernel)

OS family :Linux/Unix-like

Working state: In development

Source model : Open source

Repository :  github.com/rocky-linux/rocky

Marketing target : Servers, desktop computers, workstations, supercomputers

Update method : DNF

Package manager :  RPM

Kernel type :  Monolithic

Userland :  GNU

Default user interface :  GNOME Shell

License : BSD and others

Preceded by : CentOS

Official website : rockylinux.org

Founder: Gregory Kurtzer

Supported by:

•             Ctrl IQ, Inc.

•             The OSU Open Source Lab

•             Clouvider

•             SpryServers

•             FMI Groupe

What do you mean, “its downstream partner has shifted direction?”

The CentOS project recently announced a shift in strategy for CentOS. Whereas previously CentOS existed as a downstream build of its upstream vendor (it receives patches and updates after the upstream vendor does), it will be shifting to an upstream build (testing patches and updates before inclusion in the upstream vendor). Additionally, support for CentOS Linux 8 has been cut short, from May 31, 2029 to December 31, 2021.

So where does Rocky Linux come in?

Rocky Linux aims to function as a downstream build as CentOS had done previously, building releases after they have been added by the upstream vendor, not before.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What do you mean, “CentOS has shifted direction?”

The CentOS project recently announced a shift in strategy for CentOS. Whereas previously CentOS existed as a downstream build of its upstream vendor (it receives patches and updates after the upstream vendor does), it will be shifting to an upstream build (testing patches and updates before inclusion in the upstream vendor).

Additionally, support for CentOS Linux 8 has been cut short, from May 31, 2029 to December 31, 2021.

Q: So where does Rocky Linux come in?

Rocky Linux aims to function as a downstream build as CentOS had done previously, building releases after they have been added to the upstream vendor, not before.

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