The next major release of CentOS Stream is here, this successor to CentOS 8 will give us an idea of what awaits users on RHEL 9. Here are the links to download the CentOS 9 Stream ISO images.
CentOS Stream is designed as a continuous delivery distribution to provide every stable version of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL). This is because, to improve Red Hat and without errors, the company decided to reuse CentOS as an upstream for its enterprise distribution. Which was previously a stable replica of RHEL and was popular with server users due to the stability.
However, according to the announcement, packages before being included in the CentOS flow will go through several series of automatic and manual tests and verifications to ensure that the strict standards for inclusion in RHEL are met.
Also, the updates in the unreleased minor version of RHEL will be the same as those published in Stream, in short, the main key for the company to have CentOS stream 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 the beginning of November.
Get ISO files from CentOS 9 Stream
Red Hat itself and the CentOS community are involved in the development. ISOs are freely available for many architectures: x86 64-bit (x86_64 v2 +) and ARM (AArch64), as well as IBM Z (s390x Z14 +) and Power (ppc64le POWER9 +). The system is intended for users who want to try, the provider does not offer any commercial support.
So, if you are interested in downloading and starting to experience the new CentOS 9 Stream Linux distribution on your Virtualbox system or PC, here are the links to follow:
Well for those who are on CentOS 8, RHEL will stop their LTS support and move it to Stream entirely. However, for those looking for RPM-based LTS (long-term version) compatible Linux alternatives to CentOS 8; there are a couple of good options like AlmaLinux, Rocky Linux, Y Oracle Linux. These are all well stable and one-to-one binaries compatible with RedHat.