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The AlmaLinux OS Foundation is pulling in new members from the world of mainframes, hosting and IT services to contribute to the project and deliver a community-supported Linux compatible with Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL). The non-profit organization that oversees AlmaLinux said four new entrants had arrived, with AMD, …

  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    RH screwed up big time.

    when they farted around with CentOS.

    CentOS had all the stability of RHEL and people liked that.

    Sorry RH.... sorry IBM... I've just finished replacing CentOS with Almalinux on all my servers. I could never justify the costs of RHEL being a one-man consulting company even though I could claim it as a legitimate business expense.

    Alma (apple in Kazak) is the perfect replacement for CentOS. The sooner RH admits that they F'd up the better but I get the feeling that they won't.

  2. Gene Cash Silver badge

    Silver?

    AMD only coughed up for a silver? I guess we know why they're #2 to Intel...

  3. Dazed and Confused

    Claims?

    and claimed to have released AlmaLinux 8.5 within 48 hours of the latest Red Hat Enterprise Linux release.

    I'm pretty sure that I'd pulled the Alma 8.5 ISO within 48 hours of the RHEL release.

    RH's release date page shows that 8.5 was released on the 9th Nov 2021, but they're not very good at telling their customers about such things. So I didn't get my download until the morning of the 11th.

    The timestamp on my Alma ISO file is mid afternoon on the 11th.

    The guys at Rocky weren't far behind. They both appear to be getting their releases out the door much more promptly than the team producing the CentOS releases were managing. I'm not critising the guys who were doing CentOS (I'm not paying them so I have no right to :-) but I want to doff my cap to the teams behind Alma and Rocky who really seem to have their S**t together.

    Now to get around to getting a Pi to pop Alma onto as they've got a release out for that too.

  4. JamesTGrant

    An honest question

    Alma is a CentOS replacement and so is a distro that packages all the same bits and bobs as RHEL, but they are building a community. To do what? Lobby IBM/RedHat into making choices that the community want? If RHEL decided to do something unpalatable (or insanely customer hostile) in RHEL 8.6, then Alma (and Rocky) would presumably have to follow along regardless even if it resulted in the end of any community or commercial interest in the project?

    BTW been using Alma for a few months and it’s fine - still annoying that loads of applications are so out-of-date (thanks RedHat) and the USB live install-only is irritating. But it’s totally alright - Alma team have done a really great job!!

    1. A.P. Veening Silver badge

      Re: An honest question

      but they are building a community. To do what? Lobby IBM/RedHat into making choices that the community want? If RHEL decided to do something unpalatable (or insanely customer hostile) in RHEL 8.6, then Alma (and Rocky) would presumably have to follow along regardless even if it resulted in the end of any community or commercial interest in the project?

      They are trying to build a community that is large enough and has enough momentum that when that situation occurs, they can deviate from RHEL and have the community follow, resulting in RHEL becoming irrelevant.

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