What Questions Do You Have About CentOS?

The recent announcement regarding CentOS 8 and CentOS Stream has left many companies with questions about their future with the operating system. Should they stay with the current version? Migrate to CentOS Stream? Choose another Linux distribution?

Planning for What’s Next

If your team is one of the many affected by this change, OpenLogic is here to help. Whether that means supporting your CentOS 8 implementation beyond the revised community support EOL, transitioning to one of the CentOS alternatives, or even migrating to CentOS stream, our team is ready to help your business thrive.

That’s why our team is offering a free, 1-hour consulting session where our experts discuss:

  • Your current infrastructure: complexity, upgrade cadence, resource availability, and business goals
  • Options for ongoing support and/or migration
  • Recommendations for ongoing stability and reliability 

Ready to set up your session? Fill out the form to get started.

Q. What does the CentOS announcement mean to my business? 

A. We understand that the announcement has taken many businesses by surprise. However, no decisions or changes need to happen immediately. You have time. Whatever version you are on now, you can get ongoing support and builds through OpenLogic by Perforce, including the Linux CentOS 8 release (see timelines below).

Going forward, the choice to stay with CentOS, move to CentOS Stream, or migrate to another distribution is entirely up to your business goals, release schedules, etc. Perforce and the OpenLogic team have extensive experience helping customers run enterprise open source at scale, with a proven track record of support, consulting, and migrations. Please consider us a trusted advisor in your decision-making process.

 

Q. What is OpenLogic’s response to the announcement that the CentOS community will shift their focus to CentOS Stream?

A: OpenLogic has been following the announcement and CentOS Stream preview since the original implementation. While we understand that this decision may be disruptive to some, we liken it to the decision many software communities have made to shift to more rapid release and continuous delivery patterns, such as the shift to six-month major releases of Java.

 

Q. What are some of the risks of moving to CentOS Stream?

A. Running package upgrades against the public CentOS Stream will result in multiple package updates per day and may open the user to non-stable builds of supporting Linux packages. Businesses who rely on the CentOS community to curate stable package versions will need to consider this in their test plans.

If you choose to continue to adopt CentOS Stream, in general, the less continually you currently deliver your software, the more risk you will incur at release time.

 

Q. When will these changes take effect?

A. The changes will take effect as shown in the chart below. As you can see by the dates listed, customers do not need to make an immediate decision. You have plenty of time to decide the right choice for your business going forward. 

VersionCommunity SupportSupport via OpenLogic

CentOS 6

EOL November, 2020EOL support available until December, 2025

CentOS 7

EOL June, 2024Support available now, EOL support available until December, 2029

CentOS 8

EOL December, 2021
(originally December, 2029)
Support available now, EOL support available until 2026

For additional information, please contact your Perforce account manager or email us at [email protected]

 

Q. I have additional questions, who should I contact?

Need more information on the differences between CentOS Stream vs CentOS Linux? Have other questions about available options? Please contact us today via the form on this page.