CentOS 8 (2105) Released Based on the RHEL 8.4 Sources

CentOS 8 (2105)

CentOS now operates as a distribution independently of CentOS Stream and today the team behind it released CentOS 8 (2105) with some nice improvements.

Since 2004 CentOS has been a free downstream clone of RHEL. Red Hat’s decision late last year to repeal CentOS Linux, the widely used free version of its commercial RHEL, left a gap. Immediately after Red Hat made the announcement, several software companies did what was necessary to fill it.

AlmaLinux, the Linux distribution designed specifically as a CentOS replacement, just released version 8.4 as its second stable release last week.

Gregory Kurtzer, the originator behind CentOS, has come out with a Rocky Linux, distribution that will serve as a perfect replacement for CentOS. Rocky Linux also has officially been released as an RC candidate in May.

Now there is CentOS Linux 8 (2105) as its equivalent to Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.4. So, let’s focus on it.

What has been changed in CentOS 8 (2105)

Of particular note, this release adds the following new versions of software in optional module streams.

  • Python 3.9
  • SWIG 4.0
  • Subversion 1.14
  • Redis 6
  • PostgreSQL 13
  • MariaDB 10.5

Since the initial release of CentOS Linux 8, the boot ISO has suffered from a number of issues that resulted in users needing to enter a mirror URL manually. With this release the boot ISO will now default to using the closest mirror and no longer require entering a mirror URL manually.

The CentOS devs recently enabled downgradeable packages in CentOS Stream 8, and have brought that same change to CentOS Linux 8 (2105). Going forward users will be able to dnf downgrade packages if multiple packages are available.

For more details you can check out the full Release Notes.

Support for CentOS 8 is slated to be discontinued at the end of this year, while support for CentOS 7 will continue through June 30, 2024, its originally scheduled end of life.

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