AlmaLinux Now Available For Download As RHEL/CentOS Alternative

Written by Michael Larabel in Operating Systems on 31 March 2021 at 10:25 AM EDT. 21 Comments
At the start of the year CloudLinux announced AlmaLinux as a 1:1 fork of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL). In ending out Q1, as promised this CentOS alternative is now available for download.

Following the announcement last year that CentOS 8 would be discontinued EOY2021 in favor of focusing on CentOS Stream as the future upstream to RHEL, "Project Lenix" by CloudLinux was started as one of the new RHEL/CentOS alternatives.

After several months of hard work, this community-focused, RHEL8 binary compatible distribution is available for download. CloudLinux Inc is said to be sponsoring AlmaLinux with $1M USD annually.

As scheduled, AlmaLinux's initial release is available for download today from This initial AlmaLinux release is based on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.3 sources. There is a migration process as well for existing CentOS 8 users wishing to migrate their systems to this free RHEL alternative.

I'll be trying out AlmaLinux shortly on a few test systems.
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