We are happy to be one of the first Public Mirrors of Rocky Linux in the Netherlands and Spain. We are pleased to support such a passionate, community-driven Linux distribution. To collaborate with this open-source project, we have delivered one mirror in Stackscale’s public mirror in Amsterdam and another one in Stackscale’s public mirror in Madrid.
“Stackscale plays a vital role in the distribution of Rocky Linux to our worldwide audience by providing mirrors to our resources in regions of the world where we don’t yet have infrastructure. Mirroring is just one of many ways that individuals and organizations can choose to contribute to Rocky Linux, and we thank all who have done so.”
— The Rocky Linux team
Rocky Linux aims to create a stable, free and open distribution compatible with Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL). In order to avoid Rocky Linux ending up like CentOS, the Rocky Enterprise Software Foundation (RESF) is working hard on every detail, so that this new Linux distribution always remains in the hands of the community. As of June 1st, 2021, Rocky Linux has already 67 active public mirrors around the world — here you can find the whole Rocky Linux active mirrors list.
What is Rocky Linux?
Rocky Linux is led by Gregory Kurtzer — founder of CentOS, together with Rocky McGaugh. Rocky McGaugh unfortunately passed away before seeing the success that CentOS became, leading to this new project being named after him. Rocky Linux aims to continue the community-supported distribution compatible with RHEL, after the discontinuation of CentOS 8 by December 2021.
The Rocky Linux distribution wishes to fill the gap CentOS left as a downstream of RHEL. As the new strategy of Red Hat entails numerous problems across the CentOS community. Rocky Linux aims to be “a solid, stable and transparent alternative for production environments, developed by the community for the community”, as explained on their Wiki.
This distro does not aim to debrand and repackage RHEL, but to figure out a model that allows to always keep the distribution freely available and in the hands of the community. To do so, collaborators and sponsoring organizations have built the infrastructure from the ground up. Currently, the project is still under development by the community.
On April 30th, the RESF made available a release candidate of Rocky Linux, for the community to test, validate expected functionality and report potential bugs. As they explain in their website, a release candidate is a beta version of a product that has the potential to be stable and should never be used in production environments. You can learn more about the project and its evolution on Rocky Linux’s website.