AlmaLinux OS Foundation announced the availability of AlmaLinux OS 8.4 just one week after the release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 8.4.
“This is our second stable release, as the project was announced in December,” said Jack Aboutboul, AlmaLinux’s community manager.
“Our community, partners and sponsors worked together, at minimal speed, to provide the freest, best and most stable, community-run, governed and free open source alternative to the old incarnation of CentOS. The open source world has been looking nervously in recent months wondering how feasible this new reality would be and producing something suitable for the real world, actively running with workloads quickly and efficiently, is really a test of our background, the power of the community and the open source model “.
AlmaLinux can be downloaded from any of the more than 100 locations around the world or there are images for use on cloud computing platforms, including AWS and Docker, on GitHub.
Highlights of this release include the following:
- Safe boot, the most requested feature number 1, is already supported.
- OpenSCAP security profiles support production workloads.
- Developer repository with additional packages and build dependencies that are not included in the uplink distribution.
- New module flows and compiler updates.