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    CentOS replacement distro AlmaLinux gets commercial support options

    Today, CloudLinux Inc introduced that it’ll supply commercial support for the AlmaLinux group distribution. The new support plans can be obtainable subsequent week and can embrace common patches and updates for AlmaLinux’s kernel and core packages, patch supply SLAs, and 24/7 incident support.

    What’s AlmaLinux?

    AlmaLinux is certainly one of a number of Linux distributions jostling for place as “the brand new CentOS” within the wake of Red Hat’s December 2020 deprecation of its personal free-as-in-beer Red Hat Enterprise Linux clone distribution.

    AlmaLinux was initially sponsored by CloudLinux Inc. and relies by itself CloudLinux commercial distribution—however the firm particularly arrange the brand new distribution to be group owned and ruled. Its {qualifications} as “the brand new CentOS” come from its base on the supply code of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL).

    RHEL is “free as in freedom”—which means that its supply code is obtainable and will be forked by different initiatives, equivalent to CloudLinux itself and now AlmaLinux—however will not be essentially “free as in beer,” which means that many people and initiatives have to pay to amass and use RHEL itself. In an increasing set of instances, sure builders and initiatives might use RHEL freely or semi-freely—however there’s nonetheless a level of trouble, pink tape, and paperwork concerned, even the place free use of RHEL is allowed.

    CentOS Linux’s declare to fame was that it might be freely, arbitrarily downloaded and used for any goal by anybody—and it was binary-compatible with RHEL, which means that purposes and initiatives designed particularly for RHEL and solely RHEL might nonetheless be anticipated to work with CentOS. This is the vacated area of interest that AlmaLinux goals to fill now.

    The AlmaLinux distribution provides a 10-year support cycle—like its upstream distribution RHEL—which can also be essential to organizations and people available in the market for RHEL-compatible distributions. AlmaLinux’s first steady launch, codenamed “Purple Manul,” launched on March 30.

    What support is CloudLinux Inc. providing?

    Enlarge / On first boot after an AlmaLinux set up, the person is required to just accept a really brief and candy EULA—one which underscores the potential worth of CloudLinux’s paid commercial support providing.

    Jim Salter

    Several of the AlmaLinux support providers being supplied by CloudLinux Inc. are, technically talking, already supplied by the group distribution itself—for instance, “common patches and updates for the Linux kernel and core packages.”

    However, the AlmaLinux venture is a group venture, not a company. Although the group offers these providers de facto, it doesn’t supply commercial contracts that assure the well timed supply or high quality of these providers with monetary penalties for non-compliance.

    CloudLinux, against this, is providing to just accept cash in change for these providers on a commercially assured foundation—and it is in a wonderful place to take action, since its personal CloudLinux RHEL “clone” is the instant upstream distribution of AlmaLinux and since the corporate already offers related providers for CloudLinux itself.

    In addition to well timed supply of patches and updates, CloudLinux Inc. is providing service-level agreements for patch supply and 24/7 incident support. It additionally plans to introduce a “premium support tier for enterprises” that want expanded service and support, together with however not restricted to NodeOS support for AlmaLinux.

    Listing picture by Jim Salter

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