CloudLinux recently announced Project Lenix as a free CentOS replacement, following Red Hat’s decision to shift focus from CentOS Linux to CentOS Stream. The project has now been renamed AlmaLinux and is expected to be available in the first quarter of 2021.
Launching a CentOS alternative was an obvious move for the company, said Igor Seletskiy, CEO and founder of CloudLinux Inc., in the announcement. “The Linux community was in need, and the CloudLinux OS is a CentOS clone with significant pedigree—including over 200,000 active server instances. AlmaLinux is built with CloudLinux expertise but will be owned and governed by the community. We intend to deliver this forever-free Linux distribution this quarter,” he said.
AlmaLinux, a 1:1 binary compatible fork of RHEL 8, will serve as a drop-in replacement for CentOS, according to the announcement.