Rocky Linux 8.3 RC1 Available For Download
Finally, Wait is over and Rocky Linux is available for download. A Bug to Bug compatible OS with RHEL. The project of Rocky Linux is led by Gregory Kurtzer, founder of CentOS. After IBM and RHEL changed CentOS to CentOS stream people are looking for a new OS that is as stable as RHEL and can replace CentOS place. From 1 May 2021, you can download Rocky Linux 8.3 RC1 for the official site of Rocky Linux.
Rocky Linux is a community-driven effort to bring enterprise-grade, production-ready Linux OS. Under the guidance of Gregory Kurtzer (CentOS Project Founder) is it forked from RHEL 8.3 repository and remove all branding of RHEL and created Rocky Linux. The main aim to create history like CentOS created. CentOS has gained 100% trust in any production environment, this was the reason RHEL takeover CentOS and after the IBM merger, they changed the CentOS lifecycle to make it a beta RHEL.
This is also a coincident first time CentOS forked from RHEL and released in May 2004 and Rocky Linux also released in May 2021.
Can I use Rocky Linux 8.3 RC1 For Production?
No this is the first beta release and this is not recommended to use on your production server. You can download and test in your testing environment. You can join the Rocky Linux community to share bugs and contribute to helping users and final releases. If you have any testing project, you can use it and can share your experiences with the community to build a stronger community.
Why use Rocky Linux?
If Rocky Linux is just a forked copy of RHEL there are other forked distributions are available to use and they have even released their production version too after the CentOS change lifecycle. Why anyone uses Rocky.
Rocky Linux team is trying to create an organizational structure to avoid the same fate as CentOS. The goal is to make it freely available and the always community has its control. This team is creating what is required to make an organization strong. This is the reason Rocky Linux release is taking too long to release as compare to another debrand and repackage RHEL forked release.
So just download, test, and validate the beta version. Share your validation so this can contribute to the next free production-ready OS forever.
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