What Next After CentOs?

August 3, 2022

CentOS or Community Enterprise Operating System is one of the most popular operating systems known to mankind. That being said, it is one of the Linux distributions that have an open-source computing platform that is well supported by a loyal community of developers. 

CentOS is compatible functionally with its upstream source, the RHEL or Red Hat Enterprise Linux. It also joined hands with RHEL. CentOS was independent of RHEL until it decided to put its affairs to an end in 2021. CentOS Linux 8 was fondly bid goodbye by its loyal users. The company decided to move on. The last maintenance cycle for CentOS will be in 2024.

So, the users are now searching for the answer to the question, what’s next?

What’s Next?

Linux users, you need not worry. You will be getting adequate support till 2024. But what you should do is you should start looking for possible alternatives. There are many good alternatives to CentOS. Mind you; these are top-notch Linux platforms provided by reputable companies, so you will get good support.

Alternatives to CentOS 8 Linux

Ubuntu / Debian

Ubuntu LTS versions will be one of the top alternatives. The usage and handling are also easier as compared to CentOS. The APT package manager also installs quickly. Ubuntu has the largest community of developers on the web. It has many online tutorials and guides. Users can self-teach to solve various bottlenecks while setting up the system and while apps deploy various through this Linux platform. The currently supported version of Ubuntu is LTS Focal Fossa 20.04. It will be supported till 2030 with a paid version. Also, Ubuntu releases an LTS version every two years. Each standard release is every six and has a support life of 9 months.

Oracle Linux

Another preferable option to CentOS 8 Linux is the Oracle Enterprise Linux with RPM package. It is free, open-source, and has a paid and supported version. Users can easily migrate their apps from CentOS Linux to Oracle Linux. Resuming writing upon Oracle Linux, it is a clone of RHEL or Red Hat Linux. That is because its source code has been imported from RHEL. Oracle Linux provides security updates as early as possible, so you can easily upgrade your operating system. But it is a big let-down in terms of cloud computing or when it comes to VPS services. You can also install Oracle Linux on Docker.

AlmaLinux – CloudLinux OS

AlmaLinux is a free OS that uses the design of CentOS. It is popular among hosting providers and VPS users. AlmaLinux is free to use and is also open-source software. It has a considerable community and is a binary compatible clone of RHEL 8 in the first quarter of 2021. It is also speculated that members of the CentOS community form the governing board of AlmaLinux. AlmaLinux is also CloudLinux based, so it is quite stable and has support till 2029. The community also has many online tutorials regarding the usage and application of AlmaLinux.

OpenSUSE

OpenSUSE is versatile and possibly one of the best Linux operating systems in the market. However, unlike the other alternatives, it is extremely underrated. That is one of the biggest reasons why its community is small when compared to Ubuntu or CentOS. The number of online guides and tutorials is also quite less. SUSE Software Solutions Germany GmbH is the company that backs., OpenSUSE uses the ZYpp management package, and Delta RPMs are used as the command line package manager.

It comes with a YaST package for the front end, and RPM is used for low-level applications. Every 12 months, a minor release is launched, and a major release is launched after every 3 to 4 years.

Rocky Linux

After RedHat announced abandoning the CentOS 8 LTS, the co-founder of CentOS, Gregory Kurtzer, will release another Linux fork developed on the platform RHEL packages. It will be called Rocky Linux and could be another clone of CentOS. But like previously, he had sold CentOS to RedHat or IBM, he will not repeat the same mistake as earlier, and it will be independent of bigger players. Rocky Linux is always available on Github.

To conclude, there is no doubt that CentOS was and always will be one of the most interesting open-source platforms based on Linux. Apart from its operational efficiencies, this platform has created a community that will remember it even long after 2024. Nevertheless, time does not stop for anyone, and one should move on to find the next big thing in this area. Hopefully, this write-up will help you get some perspective on what can be your next platform to replace CentOS. 

Reference Links

https://www.openlogic.com/blog/what-happened-centos-and-what-do-next

https://www.how2shout.com/linux/centos-8-linux-alternatives/

https://www.zdnet.com/article/centos-linux-8-is-about-to-die-what-do-you-do-next/

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