Canonical Talks Up Why Ubuntu Is A Great Replacement To CentOS

Written by Michael Larabel in Ubuntu on 8 March 2021 at 08:09 AM EST. 47 Comments
Following the surprise announcement last year that CentOS 8 will be EOL'ed at the end of 2021 to focus instead on CentOS Stream and all the uncertainty that brought with Red Hat now being owned by IBM, new distributions like Rocky Linux were conceived while existing Linux distributions have been looking to capitalize on that move. Oracle Linux has been advertising how it's a great RHEL downstream while Canonical is now promoting how Ubuntu is a great replacement to CentOS.

Published on the Ubuntu Blog today was an outline on why Ubuntu is a great replacement to CentOS in the financial services infrastructure space. Red Hat Enterprise Linux / CentOS has long enjoyed a stronghold in the financial services sector while with the fundamental changes to CentOS, financial companies may be reconsidering their operating system decisions.

Among the points being promoted in trying to get the financial services industry interested in Ubuntu are the reliable release schedules, enterprise-grade support available from Canonical, its performance and versatility, security and compliance for the full stack, multi-cloud support, and Ubuntu being the reference platform for Kubernetes.

For those interested in the Canonical/Ubuntu self-promoted reasons why they think this Linux distribution is great for the financial services industry as a replacement to CentOS, you can read the post on the Ubuntu blog.

What are you doing with any CentOS 8 boxes once EOL is reached at year's end? CentOS Stream? One of the new RHEL downstream start-ups? Or let us know your Linux distribution preferences in the forums.
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