# Frequently asked questions

# What is AlmaLinux?

AlmaLinux is a 1:1 binary compatible fork of RHEL.

# Can I do X, Y, or Z with AlmaLinux?

If currently possible in either RHEL or CentOS, the answer is yes. Unless RHEL dramatically shifts development direction, our response will continue to be yes.

# Intended user

Anyone who currently relies on the CentOS stable release to achieve computing objectives. Individuals and organizations that require an enterprise-grade, Fedora-like distribution but who do not want to or cannot pay for a RHEL license.

# Why is it called AlmaLinux?

Alma means soul in Spanish and other Latin languages. A vital part of Linux is the passionate, diverse developer community, either helping support the work of Linux and other essential activities that advance Linux. This community is the soul of Linux, and Linux distribution users are indebted to the Linux community's efforts. We chose the name AlmaLinux in homage to the Linux community.

# How is the community protected from future development roadmap changes?

We involve the community right through the process, including in the governing board. AlmaLinux will always be free and open-source. The community can select the project at any time.

# Why use CloudLinux's CentOS alternative?

Our core product, the CloudLinux OS, is a RHEL fork that has been in place for over ten years. More than 4,000 companies, including Dell, Liquid Web, and 1&1, rely on the CloudLinux OS across more than 200,000 product installations. CloudLinux has proven experience in creating and maintaining a RHEL fork and have done so starting with RHEL release 5, right through to release 8. AlmaLinux is an opportunity for us to channel our expertise in RHEL into a Linux distribution that serves the broader community. Furthermore, we include the Linux community right from the inception of AlmaLinux. Moving forward, community members will be on the governing board for the AlmaLinux project and involved in critical decisions. Finally, AlmaLinux will always be free and open source. The community can pick up and continue to develop AlmaLinux at any time.

# How do I migrate a single host from CentOS to AlmaLinux?

We will provide a single command to swap repositories and keys once the beta version is released.

# How do I migrate an entire fleet of servers from CentOS to AlmaLinux?

As stated, AlmaLinux will be a 1:1 binary compatible fork of RHEL, which means that your applications and services will remain interoperable. For that reason, you can rapidly migrate any number of servers with just one command.

# How long will CloudLinux support AlmaLinux?

CloudLinux is committed to supporting AlmaLinux until 2029, including stable and thoroughly tested updates and security patches. Read more about CloudLinux support in the CloudLinux announcement (opens new window).

# I found a bug in RHEL; can I contribute the bug fix to AlmaLinux?

Since AlmaLinux is a 1:1 binary compatible fork of RHEL, it should have the same bugs as the current release of RHEL. AlmaLinux recommends following an "upstream first" approach to fix these bugs by submitting them to CentOS Stream (opens new window). This is the contribution path to get the bug fix into RHEL, which will in turn be rebuilt into AlmaLinux.

# How can I request a package be added to AlmaLinux?

Since AlmaLinux is a 1:1 binary compatible fork of RHEL, it does not add packages to the distribution unless they are added to RHEL. In general, the best place for additional packages is the Extra Packages for Enterprise Linux (EPEL) (opens new window) repository. Any Fedora package that is not in RHEL can be requested (opens new window).