CentOS Alternatives? Best 5 Linux Distros with Migration Guides - CentLinux


Tuesday, 2 February 2021

CentOS Alternatives? Best 5 Linux Distros with Migration Guides

CentOS Linux is Dead! What are the Alternatives?

Recent announcement from Red Hat about terminating the development of CentOS Linux as a rebuild of RHEL, breaks the hearts of many Linux users.

Although the CentOS is not completely dead, rather the CentOS Linux is continue to evolve as a upstream (development) branch of Red Hat now. This new CentOS operating system is named as CentOS Stream.

You can follow our previous article to upgrade CentOS Linux to CentOS Stream.

Although the Red Hat commits to provide the regular updates like traditional CentOS Linux releases, but no one can deny the fact that the CentOS is no longer a stable alternative of RHEL.

To address the disappointment of the CentOS community, Red Hat has announced the free license of RHEL for up to 16 production servers.

This number is quiet enough for small to medium size organizations. But let's see how long they will continue to provide this free Linux operating system, or it is just a marketing stunt for converting CentOS Linux users to RHEL.

Meanwhile, the CentOS community is very desperate about the future of the Linux. And they are looking for the alternatives to fulfill the IT requirements.

Right now, following are your best CentOS alternatives for the Linux community.


1) Rocky Linux:


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 currently considered as the best CentOS alternatrive as it is led by Gregory Kurtzer, founder of the CentOS project.

You may find the complete details about Rocky Linux on their GitHub page.

Read Also: Migrate CentOS 8 Operating System to Rocky Linux


2) AlmaLinux:


AlmaLinux is launched with the code-name Project Lenix. AlmaLinux is an open-source, community-driven project that intends to fill the gap left by the demise of the CentOS stable release. AlmaLinux is a 1:1 binary compatible fork of RHEL 8 and it is built by the creators of the established CloudLinux OS.

As a standalone, completely free OS, AlmaLinux enjoys $1M in annual sponsorship from CloudLinux Inc. They will support future RHEL releases by updating AlmaLinux. Ongoing development efforts are governed by the members of the community.

AlmaLinux is an enterprise-grade server OS, a stable Linux distribution with regular releases that come with long support windows. You can rely on AlmaLinux, as a CentOS alternative, to run you and your clients’ critical workloads.

The first beta version of AlmaLinux had been released on 28th January 2021. You can download latest versions from AlmaLinux website.

Read Also: How to Migrate CentOS 8 Operating System to AlmaLinux


3) Oracle Linux:


Oracle Linux is an open and complete operating environment. Oracle Linux delivers virtualization, management, and cloud native computing tools, along with the operating system, in a single support offering. Oracle Linux is 100% application binary compatible with Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

Since 2006, Oracle Linux has been completely free to download and use. Free source code, binaries, and updates. Freely redistributable. Free for production use.

Oracle Linux is a better CentOS alternative since a long time. Now, after the demise of CentOS you can also choose it as your next Linux platform.

Read Also: How to Migrate CentOS 8 Operating System to Oracle Linux


4) Red Hat Enterprise Linux:


Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) is the most deployed commercial Linux distribution in the public cloud, RHEL is certified on hundreds of public cloud and service providers as well as thousands of other types of software and hardware.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux is the world's leading open source operating system. It gives you control with built-in security and manageability so you can confidently run your critical workloads on a stable, high-performance platform. You can evaluate Red Hat Enterprise Linux free for your application deployments, datacenter infrastructure, or virtual and cloud environments.

After dicontinuation of CentOS Linux, Red Hat is now offering a 16 servers free license to encourage CentOS community to select RHEL as new CentOS alternative.

Read Also: How to Migrate CentOS 8 Operating System to RHEL


5) Springdale Linux:


Springdale Linux is another CentOS alternative from the computing staff of Princeton University and the Institute for Advanced Study. It is a academic fork of CentOS Linux just like the Scientific Linux (discontinued last year).

Springdale may be obscure, but its developers boast they had Springdale Linux 8 out before CentOS released theirs. True, the DVD ISOs for 8 are not available, but the Boot/PXE ISOs for Springdale Linux 8.3 are already available for download.

Read Also: How to Migrate CentOS 8 Operating System to Springdale Linux

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