Here is a surprise for long term CentOS users – CentOS Project confirmed that CentOS 8 support will be ending by December 2021.
Moreover, the CentOS Project announced that in the coming year's CentOS Stream which is a midstream between Fedora Linux and RHEL will be the one where all development will be focused going forward.
Here at Ibmi Media, we have seen several such CentOS related queries as part of our Server Management Services for web hosts and online service providers.
In this context, you shall learn the major effects of shifting focus to CentOS Stream
What does CentOS Stream entails?
CentOS stream lies in-between Fedora and RHEL. What this means is that it will provide a "rolling preview" of future Red Hat Enterprise Linux kernels and features.
It will provide a clear vision of the next version of RHEL.
Major effects of shifting focus to CentOS Stream?
The future of the CentOS Project is CentOS Stream. Over the next year focus will be on CentOS Stream, which tracks just ahead of a current RHEL release.
CentOS Stream will continue to serve as the upstream (development) branch of Red Hat Enterprise Linux after that date.
CentOS 7 will reach the end of support on December 2020. However, it is on an extended support period until June 2024.
CentOS Stream will be the centerpiece of a major shift in collaboration among the CentOS Special Interest Groups (SIGs). This ensures SIGs are developing and testing against what becomes the next version of RHEL.
When CentOS Linux 8 (the rebuild of RHEL8) ends, the best option will be to migrate to CentOS Stream 8. But this is a small delta from CentOS Linux 8 and has regular updates like traditional CentOS Linux releases.
If you are using CentOS Linux 8 in a production environment, and are concerned that CentOS Stream will not meet your needs, we would like to introduce certain plans that we support.
Plesk - Ubuntu LTS
DirectAdmin - Debian stable
WHM/cPanel - CentOS7 or Cloudlinux
CyberPanel - Debian or Ubuntu
Our recommendations for CentOS users includes;
1. As part of the cPanel migration plan, we can assist in migrating from cPanel to Plesk or cPanel to DirectAdmin.
2. Additionally, we can assist in migrating CentOS 8 to Ubuntu LTS.
[Are you affected by this change and would prefer an alternative Control Panel? – We are here to help you.]