Need CentOS Help? Have Questions About Enterprise Linux?

CentOS 7 community support ends on June 30, 2024, and CentOS 6 and CentOS 8 have already reached end of life (EOL). Couple that with RedHat’s most recent announcement about RHEL source code availability, affecting 1:1 alternatives like Rocky Linux, AlmaLinux, and Oracle Linux, and you may be feeling uncertain about what to do next.

This decision is too important to make in a hurry, or by yourself. You might be wondering:

  • Is the migration path you planned still the best choice?
  • Every organization needs to migrate to something new, but when?
  • How long can you stay on CentOS?
  • How can you avoid instability going forward?

Planning for What’s Next

If your team is asking these same questions, OpenLogic is here to help.

Whether that means supporting your Enterprise Linux distribution beyond community support EOL, transitioning to another distribution, or just setting a contingency plan, we'll provide vendor-neutral recommendations tailored to your business needs.

During your free, one-hour consulting session, our experts will 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 FREE session? Fill out the form to get started.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What has changed in the Linux landscape?

We understand that the RHEL source code announcement has taken many businesses and communities by surprise. However, you have time. No decisions or changes need to happen immediately. Whatever CentOS version you are on now, you can get ongoing technical support and patches, post end of life, through OpenLogic by Perforce.

Going forward, the choice to stay with CentOS, move to CentOS Stream, or migrate to another distribution depends on 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. We can be your unbiased, trusted partner and advisor throughout the decision-making process.

Do I have options other than a RHEL migration?

Yes! If an unplanned migration to a commercial solution was not on your radar or in your budget, OpenLogic has the best solution. You can stay within your budget and keep your engineers focused on priority projects. Test our experts with your toughest questions around Linux in the free consultation by completing the form at the top of this page.

What is OpenLogic’s response to the RHEL code availability announcement?

This is an evolving situation that some have dubbed the “Linux Wars”. We have been involved in supporting open source software for over 20 years, and this is something we’ve seen happen before. In 2020 when RedHat announced the end of CentOS, we were ready to help enterprise organizations across the globe ensure their end-of-life deployments stayed secure. Our advice to anyone who’s satisfied with how CentOS is currently performing in your environment is to let the dust settle and work with our team to make sure your current version stays supported past end-of-life.

Because OpenLogic does not create or sell Linux distributions, and is vendor-neutral and unbiased, we can help you navigate the complex Linux ecosystem. There will likely be new Linux distros as a result of this announcement, like we saw with Rocky Linux and AlmaLinux in 2021. When new distributions are released, we will fully vet them and be available to consult with you on how they could work in your environment.

When does CentOS stop receiving community updates (End of Life)?

CentOS 6 and CentOS 8 have already reached end of life and are no longer receiving community updates. CentOS 7 will reach end of life on June 30, 2024. Patches for critical CVEs found in CentOS 6 and 8 are already available in our private repository. Patches for CentOS 7 will begin after June 30, 2024.




Community Support

Support via OpenLogic

CentOS 6

EOL November, 2020

LTS available until December, 2025

CentOS 7

EOL June, 2024

Support available now, LTS available after EOL to December, 2029

CentOS 8

EOL December, 2021   
(originally December, 2029)

Support available now, LTS available until 2026

If I have additional questions, who should I contact?

If you have questions regarding our CentOS support and are not interested in a free consultation, please complete the form on this page. If you are ready to get started on a free consultation, simply scroll up to the top of the page and complete the form. We are excited to help you!