Many people have been looking forward to the next version of CentOS Linux, CentOS 8, and its supposedly extensive life cycle, but CentOS has decided to shift its focus to CentOS Stream instead. At the end of 2021, CentOS Linux 8 will end. Luckily, the source code for RHEL will still be published on the same website ( and in the same format as before, so not everything will need to change.

The possible instability that comes with CentOS Stream will be a severe challenge for most users. Still, it is the wave of the future of RHEL unless users are willing to switch to other Linux distributors, like Ubuntu or Debian. Many companies may decide that pursuing another distributor is the right fit for them.

Another option to consider is AlmaLinux. CloudLinux is backing AlmaLinux with a $1 million annual sponsorship and promises that this first release, based on RHEL 8.x, will be supported until at least 2029. The new distributor is based on a community-driven approach, intended to fill the gap left by the CentOS stable release’s untimely demise.

However, for CentOS 7 users, this decision will not impact them quite as suddenly. They will have more time to prepare for the switch since CentOS 7 EOL will continue to be supported until 2024. So, what does this mean? Put simply, if your company has not yet had the opportunity to upgrade your servers from CentOS 7, you should consider putting it off. In doing so, you can continue to watch the new options mature before committing to a migration decision.

Here at Pantek, our engineers have over 25 years of experience working with CentOS, and we can help you analyze your configuration and prepare for a successful migration.

If your business relies on CentOS 8 and you’re looking for a consultation or discussion, contact us and let us help you find the right Linux distributor for your servers. At Pantek, we’re here to help you migrate successfully into the future.