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Those in IT know all about Red Hat deciding to shift CentOS to the rolling-release (or continuous delivery) distribution, CentOS Stream. Unfortunately, this move resulted in many die-hard CentOS admins losing trust in the platform completely. And plenty of critical third-party apps felt the exact same, many refusing to support CentOS Stream.

Luckily, there’s a replacement: AlmaLinux developed by CloudLinux, a company with a solid reputation for supporting Linux. AlmaLinux 8.3, a free and open-source distribution, was first released on May 30th, 2021.

Is AlmaLinux a solid replacement for CentOS? Yes, and here’s why: AlmaLinux is a 1:1 binary-compatible clone (fork) of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8. In simpler terms, AlmaLinux is nearly a carbon copy of what CentOS used to be. And your company can trust it.

To take advantage of AlmaLinux, you’ll need to know what it is, how to use it and the steps you must take to perfect it after installation. These TechRepublic Premium resources can help.

Everything you need to know about AlmaLinux

AlmaLinux includes critical features such as Secure Boot support, Errata, simple migration from CentOS and so much more. Plus, it’s 100% free forever. This in-depth guide covers all of these features, the critical details you need to know about AlmaLinux and what you should expect from the platform.

AlmaLinux checklist: 9 things to do after installation

The migration to AlmaLinux is just as easy as any other server-ready operating system installation. Yet, what should you do after you log in for the first time? This checklist will serve as your guiding light as you prepare AlmaLinux for production. From setting your hostname to configuring SSH key authentication, everything you need to know is right here.