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CentOS Project shifts focus to CentOS Stream

 
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Looks like CentOS is changing direction - from being a stable binary-compatible RHEL distribution to leading-edge distribution which track Fedora.  I guess this is part of IBM's strategy after purchasing of RedHat earlier this year, wanting to eliminate CentOS as competition to their paid-for subscription-based RHEL.

CentOS Project shifts focus to CentOS Stream – Blog.CentOS.org
 
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CentOS started out as an free spin of RHEL because not all of use felt the need to pay $500 to Red Hat for hand-held support. I did buy the pre-RHEL Linux releases, but they were much less expensive. Never called for support, though.

CentOS wasn't actually the only such product. I believe that Scientific Linux also did that, but gradually everyone settled on CentOS.

Then Red Hat acquired the CentOS project and I had misgivings, since it's almost inevitable that a commercial concern has different priorities than a mostly-volunteer team.

Then IBM acquired Red Hat, and I became concerned because IBM comes from an era where they had executive washrooms and Linus post-dates that sort of thing, And now, I think we're beginning to see the result.

I would not be surprised to see history repeat itself and a new independent RHEL-clone foundation gets formed. Since this is IBM, I don't expect RHEL to go closed-source as it likely would under, say, Oracle, and in the Linux world, problems tend to find solutions where they can.
 
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a new independent RHEL-clone



Rocky Linux which is to be a red hat enterprise fork by the original creator of CentOS (Gregory M. Kurtzer).  This will of course surprise nobody outside of the IBM senior management folk
 
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I like in the article where is says:
    Rocky Linux is a community enterprise Operating System designed to be 100% bug-for-bug compatible with Red Hat Enterprise Linux ...
 
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