CentOS Stream will now be the sole repository for public RHEL-related source code releases. For Red Hat customers and partners, source code will remain available via the Red Hat Customer Portal.
By limiting the RHEL public sources to CentOS Stream, it will now be more difficult for community/off-shoot enterprise Linux distributions like Alma Linux, Rocky Linux, Oracle Linux, Amazon Linux, etc, to provide 1:1 binary compatible builds against given RHEL releases.
If you’ve been following the way Red Hat has been moving CentOS from being a downstream distro to RHEL to making it the upstream community distro with the start of CentOS Stream, you’d know the major shift in Red Hat’s strategy to cater more to the paying customers and partners and killing the spirit of continuing to remain a community enterprise operating system.
“As the CentOS Stream community grows and the enterprise software world tackles new dynamics, we want to sharpen our focus on CentOS Stream as the backbone of enterprise Linux innovation. We are continuing our investment in and increasing our commitment to CentOS Stream. CentOS Stream will now be the sole repository for public RHEL-related source code releases. For Red Hat customers and partners, source code will remain available via the Red Hat Customer Portal.” said Mike McGrath, Red Hat VP of Core Platforms.
We’ll now have to wait and watch the path that will be taken by AlmaLinux and Rocky Linux, the 2 most popular community RHEL distros that were started since the time CentOS was moved upstream.
Both Rocky Linux as well as AlmaLinux have tweeted asking their community to not panic and a solution will soon be found.