According to the manufacturer CloudLinux, the RHEL-based operating system will be released in the first quarter of 2021.
The CentOS developed under the working title Project Lenix -Alternative is now called AlmaLinux and will be released as planned by March 2021. The distribution binary-compatible with Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) comes from CloudLinux Inc., which markets a distribution specifically for hosting providers with the CloudLinux OS, which is also based on CentOS.
CentOS was created in 2004 as a community project started from a RHEL-compatible Linux distribution. Red Hat provides the RHEL source packages for free under the GPL. CentOS and Red Hat merged in 2014. Since then, each new RHEL version has been followed by a CentOS version without Red Hat’s trademarked content and certified security policies.
At the end of 2020, Red Hat announced the end of the previous CentOS. In addition to Project Lenix alias AlmaLinux, Rocky Linux is also the successor to CentOS. Rocky Linux comes from Gregory Kurtzer, the founder of the CentOS project. A release date for Rocky Linux has not yet been set.