Following RedHat’s announcement that it will end the LTS version of CentOS, people are looking for other options and AlmaLinux & Oracle are some of the stable options that are available. Recently, developers of these two server Linux distributions announced their latest version, which is based on Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 8.4. This means that both AlmaLinux 8.4 and Oracle Linux 8.4 benefit from many features that were added or changed in their Upper Stream Distribution project.
Download AlmaLinux Stable 8.4 ISO
AlmaLinux 8.4 offers full support of Secure Boot along with the UEFI feature which is being discussed by the Linux community. Aside from these OpenSCAP security profiles, releasing the development repository with packages and additional build dependencies not in the official release stream, and disabling the PowerTools repository to be in a separate file called ‘almalinux-powertools.repo ‘to move’.
The new modules include Python 3.9, SWIG 4.0, Subversion 1.14, Redis 6, PostgreSQL 13, MariaDB 10.5, and the compilers have been updated to GCC 10, LLVM 11, Rust 1.49, and Go 1.15.7.
A significant number of packages have also been removed, many of which are linked to Red Hat or its brand: ‘kmod-redhat- *’, ‘kpatch *’, ‘redhat-background’, ‘redhat-indexhtml’, ‘redhat-‘ logos ‘,’ redhat-logos-httpd ‘,’ redhat-release ‘,’ redhat-release-eula ‘,’ spice-client-win-x64 ‘,’ spice-client-win-x86 ‘,’ spice-qxl- wddm-dod ‘,’ spice-vdagent-win-x64 ‘,’ spice-vdagent-win-x86 ‘,’ virt-who ‘and’ virtio-win ‘among others.
Those interested in AlmaLinux 8.4 can check the official announcement, release notes, and system image of the download Section on the AlmaLinux website. Those responsible for sales have announced this The version for ARM will go into beta soon.
Download Oracle Linux Stable 8.4 ISO
On the other hand, we have Oracle Linux 8.4, which includes versions for x86 64-bit (x86_64) and ARM 64-bit (aarch64). Regarding tools for programming in Oracle Linux 8.4 are the same as in AlmaLinux 8.4. The system also includes the Second update of Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 6 (UEK R6) together with Red Hat Compatible Kernel (RHCK). UEK R6 is installed and activated by default in new installations, is based on Linux 5.4 and is according to the company “Offers more innovation than other commercial Linux kernels. “
Regarding the improvement of the security level, we can find the numerous patches in Clevis, Fapolicyd, Librewan, OpenSCAP and a new RPM plugin “This notifies fapolicyd of changes during RPM transactions. The RPM plugin replaces the YUM plugin as its functionality is not limited to YUM transactions and at the same time takes into account the changes made by RPM. “.
To learn more about Oracle Linux 8.4, read the official announcement and release notes. To download the system off Oracle’s Yum resources page.