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General Availability of AlmaLinux 9.4 Stable!

Eduard Abdullin

The Release and Automation Engineer.

AlmaLinux 9.4 Stable Now Available

Hello Community! The AlmaLinux OS Foundation is announcing the general availability of AlmaLinux OS 9.4 codenamed “Seafoam Ocelot”!

Installation ISOs are available on the mirrors now for all 4 architectures:

Torrents are available as well at:

How we build

Matching release and software versions with Red Hat Enterprise Linux(RHEL), AlmaLinux builds from the same sources as RHEL, promises complete compatibility with RHEL, and does so from freely available open source code. This makes it the only choice for anyone looking for a truly open source Enterprise Linux. If you are looking for a deeper undertanding of how AlmaLinux is built, watch this 23 minute video of our Lead Architect explaining in detail at AlmaLinux Day: Germany, earlier this year.

ISOs, Live Images, Cloud and Containers

AlmaLinux also offers a variety of Cloud, Container and Live Images. The builds for these get kicked off as soon as the public repository was ready.

The following images are expected to be available shortly.

Release Notes and More Information

The AlmaLinux 9.4 introduces updates to enhance machine security and data protection. Enhancements in web-console and system roles automate additional operations and promote consistency in complex IT environments. The new release’s features aim to improve system availability and reliability, facilitate easier recovery operations, and enhance virtual machine snapshot capabilities in hybrid cloud environments. The new system roles introduced enable the creation and management of logical volume manager (LVM) snapshots for improved data backup and recovery processes. Additionaly, updates in the 9.4 release continues to improve performance, scalability, and reliability for developers in building and managing applications.

You can read the full release notes for this version on the wiki: AlmaLinux OS 9.4 Release Notes.

Renewing support for upstream deprecated hardware

With AlmaLinux 9.4 we have also differentiated ourselves by meeting another request from our community for support with older hardware to help them stay on updated operating systems.

The following device drivers were modified to re-add PCI IDs for hardware disabled in upstream:

  • aacraid - Dell PERC2, 2/Si, 3/Si, 3/Di, Adaptec Advanced Raid Products, HP NetRAID-4M, IBM ServeRAID & ICP SCSI
  • be2iscsi - Emulex OneConnectOpen-iSCSI for BladeEngine 2 and 3 adapters
  • hpsa - HP Smart Array Controller
  • lpfc - Emulex LightPulse Fibre Channel SCSI
  • megaraid_sas - Broadcom MegaRAID SAS
  • mlx4_core - Mellanox Gen2 and ConnectX-2 adapters
  • mpt3sas - LSI MPT Fusion SAS 3.0
  • mptsas - Fusion MPT SAS Host
  • qla2xxx - QLogic Fibre Channel HBA
  • qla4xxx - QLogic iSCSI HBA

For a complete list of hardware support for which was added in this release, see the Extended hardware support section in the 9.4 release notes.

While this list is quite comprehensive, we also welcome feedback from all of our users! If you use older hardware, does this list cover everything you need it to? If not, please share more here on the AlmaLinux Forums: Re-adding support for older hardware.

Pitch In

Join us in the AlmaLinux Community Chat to get any assistance you need and help others. You can also post a question on our 9.4 Forum, on our AlmaLinux Community on Reddit, catch us on Twitter/X and follow us on Mastodon

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

Enjoy the release and have fun!