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Rocky Linux is a community enterprise Operating System designed to be 100% bug-for-bug compatible with Enterprise Linux created in response to the effective discontinuation of CentOS.

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This repository is archived. Stable, production-ready releases of Rocky Linux have been available since June 2021. Please visit rockylinux.org for current information about Rocky Linux

"Thinking back to early CentOS days... My cofounder was Rocky McGaugh. He is no longer with us, so as a H/T to him, who never got to see the success that CentOS came to be, I introduce to you...Rocky Linux"
— Gregory Kurtzer, Founder

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Rocky Linux is a community enterprise Operating System designed to be 100% bug-for-bug compatible with Enterprise Linux, now that CentOS has shifted direction.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What do you mean, "CentOS has shifted direction?"

The CentOS project recently announced a shift in strategy for CentOS. Whereas previously CentOS existed as a downstream build of its upstream vendor (it receives patches and updates after the upstream vendor does), it will be shifting to an upstream build (testing patches and updates before inclusion in the upstream vendor).

Additionally, support for CentOS Linux 8 has been cut short, from May 31, 2029 to December 31, 2021.

Q: So where does Rocky Linux come in?

Rocky Linux aims to function as a downstream build as CentOS had done previously, building releases after they have been added to the upstream vendor, not before.

Q: When will it be released?

Release is planned for Q2 2021.

Q: What is the vision for Rocky Linux?

A solid, stable, and transparent alternative for production environments, developed by the community for the community.

Q: Who drives Rocky Linux?

We all do, Rocky Linux is a community-driven project and always will be. Rocky Linux will not be sold or driven by corporate interest.

Q: How can I get involved?

Please view the contributing section below.

Contact

Team Contact
Press community@rockylinux.org
Development development@rockylinux.org
Infrastructure infrastructure@rockylinux.org
Security security@rockylinux.org
Web and Branding web@rockylinux.org, brand@rockylinux.com

For all other questions: hello@rockylinux.org

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Contributing

Thank you for your interest in contributing to the project.

If you are a developer, architect, engineer, or otherwise looking to contribute your time and expertise, please consider joining the Mattermost and jumping into the most relevant channel to your interests.

If you are interested in donating or sponsoring the project, please email donations@rockylinux.org or sponsor@rockylinux.org respectively.

NOTE: We do not currently have any official crowdsourcing established.

Special Thanks

We would like to thank the following groups for their support thus far on the project:

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