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Bringing EPEL support to the ELevate project

Andrew Lukoshko

Release Engineering Lead

Hello, Community! Today, AlmaLinux OS Foundation is eager to share some big news concerning our ELevate project, an initiative to support migrations between major versions of RHEL-derivatives.

Previously, the project only provided support for official operating systems repositories, excluding external repositories. However, the AlmaLinux Team made significant improvements.

We are thrilled to announce that the first step in EPEL support is now included in the ELevate project, enabling smooth migrations between CentOS7 and AlmaLinux 8.

Please be aware that at present, the EPEL support does not include migrating to non-AlmaLinux OSes, or between EL8 and EL9 derivatives, but those are planned for the future!


As of now, this enhancement is in testing and we’d like to invite our Community to help us test it.

Please, follow the Testing Guide and let us know how it goes.

An important reminder, not to test the migration on your production machines, and follow system administration best practices and make sure you have backups and/or snapshots of your system before you proceed.

Please report any issues encountered to the AlmaLinux Bug Tracker and/or AlmaLinux Chat Migration Channel.


If you are interested in contributing, please, check the Migration/SIG wiki page.

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Please report any bugs you may see on the Bug Tracker.

Thank you with all our hearts for your support and contributions! Any feedback and bug reports matter to us and engage us to become better.