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Rocky Linux 8.4 GA Available!

Hello, friends. The day has finally arrived, Rocky Linux 8.4 GA is available, so now we can have a little more peace of mind for the departure of CentOS 8.

Rocky Linux is a community enterprise Operating System designed to be 100% bug-for-bug compatible with Enterprise Linux, now that CentOS has shifted direction.

So that’s why Rocky Linux has aroused a lot of interest. But today it will get the headlines for this release.

Specifically, in this release, we are told that giants like Google, Amazon Web Service, Gitlab, and more have collaborated. So we can be sure that this distribution is stable and mature.

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Rocky Linux 8.4 GA has been fully released for x86_64 and ARM64 (aarch64) architectures so we have complete images and packages. Also, Docker images have been released so you can use them in your containers.

This fully RHEL compatible version is not just the end of the adventure as we are told:

This is just the beginning, and the RESF is more than just Rocky Linux-it’s a home for those that believe that open source isn’t just a switch that can be toggled at will, and that projects that many rely on will not be subject to the whims of a few.

So they tell us to keep an eye on their news feeds because more news will be coming.

What’s new

First, new module streams:

  • Python 3.9
  • SWIG 4.0
  • Subversion 1.14

 Also, improvements such as 

  • IPsec VPN provided by Libreswan now supports TCP encapsulation and security labels for IKEv2.
  •  new implementation of a slab memory controller for the control groups technology

And the compiler toolsets have been updated:

  • GCC Toolset 10
  • LLVM Toolset 11.0.0
  • Rust Toolset 1.49.0
  • Go Toolset 1.15.7

Also, Rocky Linux 8.4 supports the Error Detection and Correction (EDAC) kernel module set in 8th and 9th generation Intel Core Processors.

Where can I download it?

From the Rocky Linux website in the download section, you can find the corresponding links.

You can also migrate from some of these systems:

  • Alma Linux (8.4)
  • CentOS Linux (8.4)
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux (8.4)
  • Oracle Linux (8.4)

For this, you can use the migrate2rocky tool that has been created by the community.

More info on the release notes.

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