Red Hat, the developer of “CentOS Linux,” said, “We will shift the focus from CentOS Linux, which is a rebuilt version of” Red Hat Enterprise Linux “(RHEL), to” CentOS Stream, “which is a little ahead of the latest version of RHEL.” Many CentOS users were indignant when they announced. In response, Gregory Kurtzer, co-founder of the CentOS project, announced that he would create “Rocky Linux” as a RHEL clone to replace CentOS. Shortly thereafter, corporate CentOS distributor Cloud Linux announced the “Lenix” project to create its own CentOS clone. And this time, under the new name “AlmaLinux”, general availability (GA) has started. CloudLinux was founded in 2009 with the goal of providing high-performance, lightweight, customized clones of RHEL / CentOS for multi-tenant web / server hosting companies. And now the company is offering a stable version of Alma Linux for free for production workloads. The company also announced the establishment of a non-profit organization called the AlmaLinux Open Source Foundation. Management of the AlmaLinux project will be promoted by this organization in the future. CloudLinux promises to donate $ 1 million a year to support the project. Jack About boul, an engineer and architect at Red Hat and Fedora, will be the community manager for Alma Linux. In a nutshell, Aboutboul is a participant, manager and evangelist in the open source community with over 20 years of experience. And the Amla Linux Steering Committee will support him. The committee currently includes Jesse Asklund, Global Head of Customer Experience for WebPros at cPanel, Simon Phipps, Advocate of Open Source Initiatives and Former President of the Open Source Initiative (OSI), and Cloud Linux. CEO Igor Seletskiy and Eugene Zamriy, Head of Release Engineering for Cloud Linux, are on the list. The two additional members required for the Steering Committee of a non-profit organization classified as an organization under Section 501C-6 of the US National Revenue Act will be elected by the AlmaLinux community. “Amla Linux has been working closely with the Linux community to fill the gap that is about to be created by the end of CentOS as a stable release,” Aboutaboul said in a statement. “These efforts have created an alternative to CentOS, supported by community members, that can be used in production.” After the beta release of AlmaLinux, it was thoroughly tested to meet user expectations in terms of reliability and performance of the operating system. Also, most of the work was debugging, adding packages, and preparing software for production workloads. In addition to fixing bugs, the stable version includes support for Errata, SecureBoot, Amazon Web Services (AWS), and VMware. Alma Linux, which became GA this time, is a fork that has one-to-one compatibility with “RHEL 8.3” at the binary level. AlmaLinux is aiming to keep pace with future RHEL releases. Also on the same day, migration procedures for “RHEL 8.x”, “CentOS 8.x” and “Oracle Linux 8.x” were provided. The GitHub page is open to the public, and the completed source code is available in the main download repository. The CloudLinux engineering team also publishes a FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) on the AlmaLinux Wiki.