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AlmaLinux 8.8 Beta - Now Available

Jack Aboutboul


Hello Community! The AlmaLinux OS Foundation is announcing the availability of AlmaLinux 8.8 Beta “Sapphire Caracal” for all supported architectures:

  • Intel/AMD (x86_64)
  • ARM64 (aarch64)
  • IBM PowerPC (ppc64le)
  • IBM Z (s390x)

Beta ISOs are available at Select a mirror closest to your geographic area listed on the website to download a suitable ISO image more quickly. Starting with the AlmaLinux 8.8 Beta release, Beta repositories are only available in the Vault to reduce storage usage on mirrors.

As usual, a simple reminder, this is a BETA release. It should not be used for production installations. The provided upgrade instructions should not be used on production machines unless you don’t mind if something breaks. Now if you wanna test this somehow, somewhere to see how things will work in 8.8 stable, you’re on the right track.

Release Notes and More Information

The AlmaLinux 8.8 Beta brings enhancements and features to provide a more stable and secure open hybrid cloud’s foundation, and to deliver workloads, applications and services for multiple environments faster and with less effortless. Realmd system role, OpenSCAP and other security-related updates allow simplifying managing security and compliance. Improvements to application streams provide compilers, runtime languages, databases and web server updates. This release also continues to make it easier to automate and standardize systems with enhancements to the web console and new system roles. As for containers, new capabilities allow the developing and managing containerized deployments more easily. You can read more about this release by checking out the Release Notes.

What you can do to help?

Test, test, test. Your feedback is what helps make great production releases.

Please, report any bugs you may see on the Bug Tracker. Also, pop into the AlmaLinux Community Chat and join our Testing Channel, post a question on our 8.8 Beta Forum, on our AlmaLinux Community on Reddit or catch us on Twitter.

Please enjoy this Beta release, let us know what you think and stay tuned for more updates and announcements coming soon.

Happy Testing!