Today SUSE, the company behind SUSE Linux Enterprise (SLE), announced it will fork the publicly available Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) and will develop and maintain a RHEL-compatible distribution available to all without restrictions. Over the next few years, SUSE plans to invest more than $10 million into this project.
Ever since IBM’s announcement last month that RHEL source code will be available only to CentOS Stream and to paying customers, Rocky Linux, Almalinux, Oracle Linux and all the customers using their distros have been trying to look out for solutions. While some of the loyal userbase of Rocky Linux, Almalinux and Oracle Linux have given out official statements on their respective Twitter channels that they have found a solution, there are some customers who feel that the suggested solution may not be viable and are still looking at other options including a possible migration to Ubuntu.
With today’s announcement, where one giant Open Source Enterprise is forking the source code of another giant Open Source Enterprise, this brings in a good enough choice for those looking for more stable choices from the industry. And with the $10 million commitment coming in from SUSE for this fork, they surely have taken IBM head on for a big fight in the Linux open source distro market!
Gregory Kurtzer, the Founder of Rocky Linux also chimed in that “The enterprise Linux community requires standardization, stability, and consistency”.