[CentOS] https://blog.centos.org/2020/12/future-is-centos-stream/

Tue Dec 8 14:35:45 UTC 2020
Bill Gee <bgee at campercaver.net>

Aside from the the latest shiny - what are the advantages of CentOS 8 Stream?  What are the benefits?

I read through the announcement and FAQ, but they do not address that question.  Is it just a name change?  Is it an attempt to put CentOS on a subscription model?

Bill Gee

On Tuesday, December 8, 2020 8:06:44 AM CST Rich Bowen wrote:
> The future of the CentOS Project is CentOS Stream, and over the next 
> year we’ll be shifting focus from CentOS Linux, the rebuild of Red Hat 
> Enterprise Linux (RHEL), to CentOS Stream, which tracks just ahead of a 
> current RHEL release. CentOS Linux 8, as a rebuild of RHEL 8, will end 
> at the end of 2021. CentOS Stream continues after that date, serving as 
> the upstream (development) branch of Red Hat Enterprise Linux.
> Meanwhile, we understand many of you are deeply invested in CentOS Linux 
> 7, and we’ll continue to produce that version through the remainder of 
> the RHEL 7 life cycle. 
> https://access.redhat.com/support/policy/updates/errata/#Life_Cycle_Dates
> CentOS Stream will also be the centerpiece of a major shift in 
> collaboration among the CentOS Special Interest Groups (SIGs). This 
> ensures SIGs are developing and testing against what becomes the next 
> version of RHEL. This also provides SIGs a clear single goal, rather 
> than having to build and test for two releases. It gives the CentOS 
> contributor community a great deal of influence in the future of RHEL. 
> And it removes confusion around what “CentOS” means in the Linux 
> distribution ecosystem.
> When CentOS Linux 8 (the rebuild of RHEL8) ends, your best option will 
> be to migrate to CentOS Stream 8, which is a small delta from CentOS 
> Linux 8, and has regular updates like traditional CentOS Linux releases. 
> If you are using CentOS Linux 8 in a production environment, and are 
> concerned that CentOS Stream will not meet your needs, we encourage you 
> to contact Red Hat about options.
> We have an FAQ - https://centos.org/distro-faq/ - to help with your 
> information and planning needs, as you figure out how this shift of 
> project focus might affect you.
> [See also: Red Hat's perspective on this. 
> https://www.redhat.com/en/blog/centos-stream-building-innovative-future-enterprise-linux]
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