With the upcoming end-of-life for CentOS Linux, organizations running on that platform will need to transition to an alternate operating system. Depending on your unique use case, you may need a development platform that provides access to the code which will become the next version of Red Hat® Enterprise Linux®, or you may need a reliable operating system (OS) for critical workloads and applications.
Important CentOS Linux end-of-life dates:
- CentOS Linux 8: December 31, 2021
- CentOS Linux 7: June 30, 2024
CentOS Stream is a continuously delivered operating system where open source community members can contribute to what will become future releases of Red Hat Enterprise Linux.
Let’s say you’re a Red Hat Enterprise Linux user who has identified a change that is needed in the next version of Red Hat Enterprise Linux. 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. Additionally, the change will be in the next minor release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux. Learn more about CentOS Stream here.
Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Red Hat Enterprise Linux is a fully supported production-grade OS built on the code from CentOS Stream. It provides a stable, security-focused foundation to support business requirements like critical workloads and applications.
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.
To make it easier for organizations using CentOS Linux to migrate to a reliable, more secure, and supported OS with a dependable life cycle, we’ve rolled out several new programs that provide low-cost or no-cost access to Red Hat Enterprise Linux. The Red Hat Cloud Access program can also be used for Red Hat customers who want to use their eligible product subscriptions on Red Hat-certified public clouds. Read more below to see if your organization qualifies.
10 things to consider when migrating from CentOS Linux to a new operating system