The Community enTerprise Operating System (CentOS) is an Enterprise-class Linux distribution, based on free source code distributed by Red Hat and maintained by the CentOS project. For those who need stability, this is the ideal operating system.
However, the company recently revealed that it will end distribution. Find out what’s next.
Red Hat will bet on CentOS Stream distro
CentOS is probably the most stable and complete Linux distribution. Aimed at servers, this Red Hat distribution has always stood out for its security, robustness and performance. However, this is a free distribution and as with almost everything in life … you need to guarantee some financial return.
With the launch of CentOS 8, the company also launched the CentOS Stream distro and it will be the one that will replace CentOS.
According to Rich Bowen’s post:
The future of the CentOS Project is CentOS Stream, and next year we will shift the focus from CentOS Linux, the rebuilding of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), to CentOS Stream. CentOS Linux 8, as a rebuild of RHEL 8, will end in late 2021. CentOS Stream continues after that date, serving as the upstream (development) branch of Red Hat Enterprise Linux
In the meantime, we understand that many of you have invested deeply in CentOS Linux 7 and will continue to produce that version until the end of the RHEL 7 lifecycle.
Regarding CentOS Stream. This is an intermediate distribution between Fedora and RHEL. In other words, CentOS Stream is a rolling-release distro distribution for RHEL.