An open-source RHEL fork built by the team at CloudLinux, inspired by the community.

* formerly known as Project Lenix

Welcome to AlmaLinux OS, a new RHEL fork from the team at CloudLinux. A free Linux OS for the community, developed in close co-operation with the community.

Why “Alma”? At CloudLinux, we have benefited from the dedicated, nourishing efforts of the Linux community – just like everyone else that relies on a Linux-powered OS.

This community is the soul of Linux – and in the spirit of a dedicated community, we decided to call our new distribution Alma: a Latin-language word for soul.

We intend to deliver this forever-free Linux distribution in Q1 2021 – initially built by our own expertise, but owned and governed by the community.

Igor Seletskiy
CEO & Founder of CloudLinux Inc
About AlmaLinux OS

Launched with the code-name Project Lenix, AlmaLinux OS is an open-source, community-driven project that intends to fill the gap left by the demise of the CentOS stable release. AlmaLinux OS is a 1:1 binary compatible fork of RHEL® 8 and it is built by the creators of the established CloudLinux OS.

As a standalone, completely free OS, AlmaLinux OS enjoys $1M in annual sponsorship from CloudLinux Inc. We will support future RHEL® releases by updating AlmaLinux OS. Ongoing development efforts are governed by the members of the community.

The AlmaLinux OS Foundation is a 501(c)(6) non-profit created for the benefit of the AlmaLinux OS community.

In partnership with the community.
Matches the current RHEL release 1:1.
Always free, always open source.
Stable, production-ready, RHEL-based

AlmaLinux OS is an enterprise-grade server OS, a stable Linux distribution with regular releases that come with long support windows. You can rely on AlmaLinux OS to run you and your clients’ critical workloads.

CentOS-like distribution based on a precise RHEL clone

Production-ready and stable, matching RHEL features 1:1

Enjoy the predictability of a stable release issued in tandem with RHEL

Effortlessly switch from CentOS

Switching distributions is usually costly and time-consuming, but that’s not the case when switching from CentOS to AlmaLinux OS. Switching is easy and almost instantaneous.

Effortless transition from CentOS, with minimal investment and no software changes

Rapid switch from CentOS to AlmaLinux OS.

Zero switching downtime, migrate even large server fleets in an instant

Fully supported, always free

CloudLinux is backing AlmaLinux OS with deep investment and a long support commitment. We also commit to delivering AlmaLinux OS free of limitations, fees and charges.

Forever free and open-source: no licenses, no usage restrictions

Rely on a project that is owned and governed in partnership with the community.

Support commitment through 2029

Backed by
10 Year track record of stable release forks of RHEL
Over 4,000 companies depend on CloudLinux OS
Proven, consistent support for the Linux community
The CloudLinux Promise
A new AlmaLinux OS fork to match every RHEL release
Continuous support for AlmaLinux OS
Patches and maintenance through at least 2029
Backed by $1M annual investment
Community involvement in key decision making
Always free, always open source

62% of respondents* will wait for a new RHEL fork.

Stop looking, waiting, worrying.

A powerful, capable CentOS alternative will arrive in Q1 2021. It’s called AlmaLinux OS and has the backing of CloudLinux – with support until at least 2029.

* CloudLinux Survey
Wait for another RHEL fork
Use Debian instead
Migrate to Ubuntu
Opt for openSUSE
Answers to Key Questions

Who is AlmaLinux OS for?

Anyone who currently relies on the CentOS stable release to achieve computing objectives. Individuals and organizations that require an enterprise-grade, Fedora-like distribution but who do not want to or cannot pay for a RHEL license.

Why did we call it AlmaLinux OS?

Alma means soul in Spanish and other Latin languages. Looking back, it is easy to see that Linux is as popular and pervasive as it is thanks to the efforts of a passionate, diverse developer community. This community is the soul of Linux, and everyone that relies on a Linux distribution is indebted to the efforts of the Linux community. That is why we called our new distribution AlmaLinux OS.

What motivated us?

We’re already doing it – experience with RHEL forks towards CloudLinux. We have the staff, the capabilities, the resources. Frankly: we want to put ourselves on the map re CloudLinux and KernelCare. It is worth the effort.

How is the community protected from future course changes?

We will involve the community right through the process, including in the governing board. At all times, AlmaLinux OS will be free and open. The community can pick the project at any time.

Why should I rely on CloudLinux for a CentOS alternative?

Our core product, the CloudLinux OS, is a RHEL fork that has been in place for over ten years. More than 4,000 companies including Dell, Liquid Web, and 1&1 rely on the CloudLinux OS across more than 200,000 product installations. CloudLinux has proven experience in creating and maintaining a RHEL fork and have done so starting with RHEL release 5, right through to release 8. AlmaLinux OS is an opportunity for us to channel our expertise in RHEL into a Linux distribution that serves the broader community. Furthermore, we are including the Linux community right from the inception of AlmaLinux OS. Moving forward, community members will be on the governing board for the AlmaLinux OS project and involved in key decisions too. Finally, AlmaLinux OS will always be free and open source. The community can pick up and continue to develop AlmaLinux OS at any time.

When do we plan on releasing AlmaLinux OS?

In delivering AlmaLinux OS we are essentially continuing a process that is already in place due to our experience in forking RHEL. We are confident that we can rapidly deliver AlmaLinux OS, and plan on doing so in Q1, 2021.

I want to convert from CentOS to AlmaLinux OS. How do I do it?

Switching Linux distros can be a headache, but that is not the case when switching from CentOS to AlmaLinux OS. Just like CentOS, AlmaLinux OS is a 1:1 binary compatible fork of RHEL, so switching is simple. We will provide instructions to swap repositories and keys once the Beta is out.

Can I really port an entire fleet of servers from CentOS to AlmaLinux OS with a single command?

As stated, AlmaLinux OS will be a 1:1 binary compatible fork of RHEL, which means that your applications and services will remain compatible. For that reason, you can rapidly migrate any number of servers with just one command.

Until when will we support AlmaLinux OS?

CloudLinux has committed to supporting AlmaLinux OS until 2029, including stable and thoroughly tested updates and security patches.

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