CentOS Stream: 'I was slow on the uptake, but I get what they are doing now,' says Rocky Linux founder • The Register

@sullybiker I think part of the appeal of #RHEL & #CentOS is stability, but then you find yourself having to add extra repositories because the included software is too old (even though security patches are backported).

If CentOS Stream eliminates the need for those extra (and often sketchy 3rd party) repos, then it is good. Likewise, if #Alma and #Rocky send patches upstream that help improve RHEL, then that is also good.

@lnxw48a1 Yes. And a lot of Centos 7 is very old. GCC is ancient. There's a lot to like in stream.

@lnxw48a1 @sullybiker

>This is the second mutual benefit with Red Hat, he said. "We can interface with CentOS Stream. Enterprise Linux is pulling from the CentOS Git repository as we pull from the CentOS Git repository. We're more of a peer to it. What we're all downstream from is CentOS Stream. Now we can actually push bug fixes directly into that same git repository that Red Hat's pulling from.

What has me scratching my head is that I thought that CentOS/Rocky/Etc were to be byte duplicates of RHEL with just a "rebranding", take the RHEL source, change for rebranding/support/etc, and build/test/dist or am I wrong/confused here?
@geniusmusing @sullybiker That was the old White Box / CentOS way, yes.

As of now, it seems Rocky Linux isn't downstream of RHEL. It seems to be parallel to it, with both feeding off CentOS Stream. I'm not sure what Alma Linux's role is. Maybe they are more like old CentOS.

@lnxw48a1 @geniusmusing when I heard about Alma it sounded like a straight name change from mainline CentOS.

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