Throughout the last few weeks, the team at CloudLinux has worked tirelessly to gear our internal infrastructure to meet the needs of launching a free, open, public Linux distro that’s driven by the community.

We’ve committed to AlmaLinux, and we see the associated responsibilities in a serious light. While we are preparing the new distro for launch within the next month, we are also putting in place the structures that will ensure continuity for AlmaLinux - and that ensures community involvement.

Due Date

End of January - early February.

Infrastructure

Here is where we are currently at in terms of infrastructure, supporting team, and critical tools:

  • 1. AlmaLinux is relying on existing CloudLinux infrastructure that includes the OpenNebula cloud management platform hosted on our bare-metal servers.
  • 2. We’ve established a comprehensive supporting team that includes the following roles:
    • a. Packaging - debranding RPMs, packaging
    • b. Development - developing our toolchain
    • c. Signing and release - signing packages, composing the distribution
    • d. QA - testing and automation
    • e. Infrastructure - infrastructure deployment and maintenance
  • 3. Key tools including a bug tracker, public repos, wiki, and a forum will all be available to coincide with the Beta release.
  • 4. Our new website is live and ready to view - just visit almalinux.org.
  • 5. The AlmaLinux Github organization is also live, we will release all source code on GitHub as soon as source code is finalized.

Packaging

At the time of writing we are taking the following approach to packaging:

  • 1. Right now, we are using the internal CloudLinux build system for both building and testing.
  • 2. We also use Jenkins, Packer, Ansible and other open source software to implement our testing pipeline.

Community

To make a success of AlmaLinux we need the close involvement of the Linux community. Here are our efforts so far:

You, the Linux community, gave a very warm welcome to AlmaLinux. From everyone at AlmaLinux, a big thank you.

We also thank you for your contribution to our public channels. Yes, CloudLinux initiated AlmaLinux as a CentOS replacement. But AlmaLinux is a Linux distribution developed for the community to fill an important gap. Your contribution, input, and support is essential throughout launching AlmaLinux. And in future. Together, we will build AlmaLinux into the stable, forever-free server OS the community needs.

Soon, we’ll announce our community-based governance board. In the meantime, if you have any direct feedback or if you want to join the regulatory board, you can let us know by completing the sign-up form on the AlmaLinux website.

Do you have any questions, comments, concerns, suggestions? Or just want to help out? please feel free to reach out to us via email at: [email protected]

PS: don’t forget you can sign up for news updates at almalinux.org.

Sincerely,
The AlmaLinux Team
[email protected]