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CentOS, the free and open-source Linux distribution platform, is undergoing some significant changes and it is crucial that all Linux users that rely on it take note.
The current version of CentOS is CentOS 8, a version that has been built as a replica of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8. CentOS has traditionally followed the same ten-year support lifecycle as RHEL itself, which should have given CentOS 8 an end-of-life date in 2029.
However, CentOS is changing. As per the December announcement, CentOS will no longer be a rebuild distro that is binary-compatible with Red Hat Linux. Instead, CentOS has moved to CentOS Stream, an upstream, public development branch for RHEL.
The announcement means that CentOS 8 reached End of Life on December 31st 2021, and in January 2022 CentOS also discounted their Linux 8 zero-day support.
As an aside, CentOS 7 will still be supported alongside RHEL 7, through to 2024.
Critically, CentOS Stream is not a direct replacement for CentOS, as it will become the ‘upstream development platform’ for Red Hat Enterprise Linux, so what distro will you be using?
There are several options that you could consider, depending on your budget and requirements. Some of these are:
Migration can be a scary process but don’t be alarmed, whatever option you choose for your Linux server, we are here to help.
Rely on our expert DBAs to assist you with the migration and to support you with your Linux requirements.
At WellData we offer Linux services to you, or your customers on your behalf, whether this is as part of a managed service offering, lack of in-house expertise, vacation, long term illness or any other shortage. We can offer fixed price and inclusive support to cover any scenario for complete piece of mind.
Our Linux support services include full hands on and off system administration, including patching.
Contact us today to find out how we can help your business.
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