[Beowulf] RIP CentOS 8

Ryan Novosielski novosirj at rutgers.edu
Tue Dec 8 16:37:39 UTC 2020

The first comment on the blog does not equivocate. :-D

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> On Dec 8, 2020, at 11:27 AM, Chris Samuel <chris at csamuel.org> wrote:
> Hi folks,
> It looks like the CentOS project has announced the end of CentOS 8 as a version that tracked RHEL for the end of 2021, it will be replaced by the CentOS stream which will run ahead of RHEL8. CentOS 7 is unaffected (though RHEL7 only has 3 more years of life left).
> https://blog.centos.org/2020/12/future-is-centos-stream/
> > The future of the CentOS Project is CentOS Stream, and over the
> > next year we’ll be shifting focus from CentOS Linux, the rebuild
> > of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), to CentOS Stream, which
> > tracks just ahead of a current RHEL release. CentOS Linux 8, as
> > a rebuild of RHEL 8, will end at the end of 2021. CentOS Stream
> > continues after that date, serving as the upstream (development)
> > branch of Red Hat Enterprise Linux.
> >
> > Meanwhile, we understand many of you are deeply invested in
> > CentOS Linux 7, and we’ll continue to produce that version through
> > the remainder of the RHEL 7 life cycle.
> I always thought that Fedora was meant to be that upstream for RHEL, but perhaps the arrangement now will be Fedora -> CentOS -> RHEL.
> I wonder where this leaves the Lustre project, currently they only support RHEL7/CentOS7 as the server, and more interestingly, people who build Lustre appliances on top of CentOS.
> Then there's the question of projects like OpenHPC who've only just announced support for CentOS8 (and OpenSuSE15). They could choose to track CentOS Stream instead, probably without too much effort.
> I do wonder if this opens the door for the return of something like Scientific Linux.
> All the best,
> Chris
> -- 
> Chris Samuel  :  http://www.csamuel.org/  :  Berkeley, CA, USA
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