CentOS 8 free alternatives

Originally appeared on Notes to self.

CentOS 8 EOL is around the corner, so it’s time to evaluate and try the alternatives. I prepared a small table for everybody with the basic overview.

List of free CentOS 8 alternatives:

OS
Authors
Support
Commercial Support
Backing
Migration
Differences
ISOs
Container Images

CentOS Stream
Red Hat
almost 5y for 8.x, then 5-6y
No
Red Hat
centos-stream-repos package
No
Download
Yes

Rocky Linux
Gregory M. Kurtzer & community
10y (?)
No
AWS, Fastly, GitLab, Google (& more)
Script
No
Download
Yes


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