[Beowulf] [External] RIP CentOS 8

Prentice Bisbal pbisbal at pppl.gov
Tue Dec 8 18:07:08 UTC 2020

Also, I'm not surprised at all by this. It seemed like it would be only 
a matter of time after RH ntook control of CentOS that they'd do 
something to stop it from competing with RHEL. Why support a free 
product that cannibalizes your commercial sales?


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

Prentice Bisbal
Lead Software Engineer
Research Computing
Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

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