The developer of a Linux for shared hoster promises a free, RHEL-compatible Linux. CentOS installations should be able to be migrated without downtime.
After Red Hat den has discontinued the free RHEL clone CentOS in its current form, alternatives for CentOS users are increasingly emerging. CentOS co-founder Greg Kurtzer quickly launched a new RHEL clone called Rocky Linux as a community project, which like CentOS aims to follow the release cadence of Red Hat Enterprise Linux.
Now, CloudLinux Inc., developers of the CentOS based CloudLinux OS for shared hosting providers, also announced a free RHEL clone. Project Lenix is scheduled to be released in the first quarter of 2021 as a free, open-source community distribution that is 100 percent binary compatible with RHEL 8.
Migration without downtime
You want your own developers and resources as well as invest the many years of experience in maintaining your own RHEL clone. Last but not least, CloudLinux hopes that this will give it more visibility for its own commercial Linux distribution. Current CentOS users are promised an easy migration to Lenix with no downtime. The company has already developed a technology for updating without a reboot for its own CloudLinux.
CentOS started in 2004 as a community project that uses the freely available RHEL source packages that Red Hat provides free of charge under the GPL RHEL-compatible Linux distribution created. The compiled Red Hat Enterprise Linux, on the other hand, is only available as a subscription for paying customers. CentOS and Red Hat merged in 2014. Since then, each new RHEL release has been followed by a CentOS release that dispenses with Red Hat’s trademarked content and certified security policies. CentOS offers the stability and features of Red Hat Enterprise Linux, but can be used on any number of computers without a subscription.