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Update CentOS Linux for free

Honglin Su
Sr. Director of Product Management

As you may know, in December 2020 IBM/Red Hat announced that CentOS Linux 8 will end in December 2021. Additionally, the updates for CentOS Linux 6 ended on November 30, 2020. If your organization relies on CentOS, you are faced with finding an alternative OS. The lack of regular updates puts these systems at increasing risk for major vulnerabilities with every passing day. A popular solution with minimal disruption is to simply point your CentOS systems to receive updates from Oracle Linux. This can be done anonymously and at no charge to your organization.   

With Oracle Linux, you can continue to benefit from a similar, stable CentOS alternative. Oracle Linux updates and errata are freely available and can be applied to CentOS or Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) instances without reinstalling the operating system. Just connect to the Oracle Linux yum server, and follow these instructions. Best of all, your apps continue to run as usual.

Oracle Linux is:

  • Free to download, use, and distribute since 2006
  • 100% application binary compatible with RHEL
  • Designed for all workloads and a broad range of systems, including x86 and Arm
  • Available with no contracts to sign and no registration required

Read the blog to learn more why you should consider Oracle Linux as your CentOS alternative.

If you want to automate the switch from CentOS Linux to Oracle Linux, you can take advantage of the centos2ol script available on GitHub and read the hands-on example.


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