The CentOS Project will discontinue updates and releases of CentOS Linux® between 2021 and 2024. This means current CentOS Linux users will need to choose a migration path:
- CentOS Linux 8: December 31, 2021
- CentOS Linux 7: June 30, 2024
Choosing the right CentOS Linux migration path
CentOS Linux users have options, including Red Hat® Enterprise Linux and CentOS Stream.
What is Red Hat Enterprise Linux?
Red Hat Enterprise Linux is a fully supported production-grade operating system (OS) available through a subscription. It’s the best long term migration option for production use.
If your organization needs an IT environment with a reliable foundation to achieve cost and business efficiencies, you need more than the bits and code that make up an operating system. You need defined maintenance and update schedules, full support, security resources, a large ecosystem of certified partners, and long-term roadmaps to ensure stability and success.
What is CentOS Stream?
CentOS Stream is an upstream development platform for ecosystem developers. It’s an option intended for Red Hat partners and others who want to participate and collaborate in Red Hat Enterprise Linux development.
Let’s say you’re a Red Hat Enterprise Linux user who has identified a change that is needed in the next version. You can propose that change to CentOS Stream for Red Hat developers to evaluate. If accepted, your change is tested, verified, and will land in CentOS Stream, and the change will be in the next minor release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux.
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