The next major version of CentOS Stream is here, this successor to CentOS 8 will give us a preview of what to expect in RHEL 9 for users. Here are the links to download CentOS 9 Stream ISO images.
CentOS Stream is designed as a continuous delivery distribution to deliver every stable release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL). This is because to make Red Hat better and bug-free, the company decided to reuse CentOS upstream for its corporate distribution. What was previously a stable downline replica of RHEL and was popular among server users because of its stability.
However, as per the announcement, packages prior to being included in the CentOS feed will undergo several rounds of automated and manual testing and checks to ensure that the strict standards for inclusion in RHEL are met.
In addition, updates to the unpublished minor version of RHEL will be the same as those released to the Stream, in short, the main key to the CentOS stream by the company is to make RedHat more stable and robust.
Well, this continuous release system is based on Fedora 34 and forms the basis for the upcoming RHEL 9 (Red Hat Enterprise Linux). The latter has been in beta since early November.
Obtain CentOS 9 Stream ISO Files
Red Hat itself and the CentOS community are involved in the development. ISOs are available for free for many architectures: 64-bit x86 (x86_64 v2 +) and ARM (AArch64) as well as IBM Z (s390x Z14 +) and Power (ppc64le POWER9 +). The system is intended for users wishing to test, the supplier does not offer any commercial support.
Therefore, if you want to download and start experiencing the new CentOS 9 Stream Linux distribution on your Virtualbox or PC system, here are the links to follow:
Well, for those who are using CentOS 8, RHEL will stop its LTS support and move it completely to Stream. However, for those looking for LTS (Long Term Version) supported Linux alternatives based on RPM to CentOS 8; there are some good options such as AlmaLinux, Rocky Linux, and Oracle linux. All these elements are very stable and compatible with RedHat.