[Beowulf] [External] RIP CentOS 8

Prentice Bisbal pbisbal at pppl.gov
Tue Dec 8 18:05:49 UTC 2020

Some of my associates at Princeton University and the Institute for 
Advanced Study (IAS)  maintain their own build of RHEL from SRPMs, same 
as CentOS. It's used throughout IAS for their Linux systems, and PU uses 
it on all their HPC clusters, and a number of other systems. It's called 
Springdale Linux. It's called Springdale because Springdale Road and the 
Springdale golf course are between PU and IAS



On 12/8/20 11:27 AM, Chris Samuel 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

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