Rocky Linux 9 and Rocky Linux 8 Optimized for Google Cloud Now Available

Rocky Linux 9 has been released, featuring various security and performance updates as well as a new build system called Peridot.

According to Gregory Kurtzer, CEO of CIQ and founder of the Rocky Enterprise Software Foundation (RESF), with Rocky Linux 9, “CIQ has created a completely cloud-native build stack called Peridot, which we have given to the RESF and released as open source to the world.”

The Peridot build system was used to build Rocky Linux 9 for the x86_64, aarch64, s390x and ppc64le architectures, says the announcement. “A primary goal in developing the new build system was assuring that new versions of Rocky can be released within one week after each Red Hat Enterprise Linux new version release.” And, says Kurtzer, “Peridot allows anyone to recreate, build, enhance and manage Rocky Linux as we do.”

Cloud Optimization

Additionally, Google Cloud has announced Rocky Linux Optimized for Google Cloud, a collection of Compute Engine virtual machine images developed in collaboration with CIQ.

According to the announcement, these images “optimize networking performance on Compute Engine infrastructure, while retaining bug-for-bug compatibility with Community Rocky Linux and Red Hat Enterprise Linux.” Rocky Linux 8 Optimized for Google Cloud is now available for all x86-based Compute Engine VM families. 

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