13 Best RHEL CentOS 8 and 7 Alternatives

CentOS 8 alternatives: You might have heard the news by Red Hat a company owned by IBM that CentOS Project is shifting its focus to CentOS Stream and most customers are not happy about it. A petition has been opened by Spry Servers on Change.org asking CentOS governing board not to end CentOS development. Below is a summary of the news and what this means.  

CentOS Linux End life news 

About CentOS 8 end of life  

That Red Hat will be shifting its development focus from CentOS Linux to CentOS stream 

CentOS 8 will reach end of life on 31 December 2021  

Red Hat recommends that you migrate CentOS 8 to CentOS stream 

You can learn how to migrate from CentOS 8 (rebuild of RHEL8) to CentOS Stream.

NOTE: If you are a WHM user, be aware that cPanel has indicated that it will not support CentOS stream.

About CentOS 7 end of life  

CentOS 7 will reach end of life on 30 June 2024 

CentOS Maintenance Support ends on 30th June 2024 

List of Best CentOS 8 and 7 Alternatives 

Below is a list of some of the best CentOS alternatives that you might want to consider. We will write a detailed review of each software, update the list and provide more information about Fedora Linux later.  

  1. OpenSUSE 
  2. Ubuntu LTS 
  3. Oracle Linux: Users can use the Oracle converter script available on GitHub to switch from CentOS to Oracle Linux (UPDATE: Oracle has shared a video guide on how to Switch from RHEL/CentOS to Oracle Linux). Oracle Linux is free to use but they charge some fee for support.  
  4. Rocky Linux
  5. Debian 
  6. Amazon Linux 2
  7. RHEL Fork by Cloud Linux
  8. Arch Linux 
  9. Manjaro
  10. Slackware
  11. Proxmox
  12. Gentoo Linux
  13. PopOS

Chris hat the CTO of Red Hat says that the goal of shifting to CentOS stream was driven by the need to meet the emerging needs of enterprises and communities and to drive Linux innovation.

Let us know in the comment section if you know of any great alternative of CentOS 8 that you would recommend for RHEL/CentOS users to build their web server on. 

And what is your thought about Open-Source Software after Red Hat Enterprise Linux move? Can open-source software be trusted for a long-term large project?