# AlmaLinux 8.5 Beta Release Notes
These are the release notes for AlmaLinux OS 8.5 Beta for both x86_64 and ARM architectures, codename Arctic Sphynx.
# Beta Release
Please Note: This is a BETA release and should not be used for production installations. The provided upgrade instructions should not be used on production machines, unless you don't mind if something breaks. 😉
# Providing Feedback and Getting Help
Please report any issues you may encounter during tests on the AlmaLinux Bug Tracker (opens new window). Additionally, if you feel like providing feedback, talking about anything or asking any questions you might want to check out The AlmaLinux Community Chat (opens new window), The AlmaLinux Forums (opens new window) and The AlmaLinux Community on Reddit (opens new window).
Added new module streams:
- nginx 1.20
- Node.js 16
- Ruby 3.0
- PHP 7.4.19
- Squid 4.15
- Mutt 2.0.7
- GCC Toolset 11
- LLVM Toolset 12.0.1
- Rust Toolset 1.54.0
- Go Toolset 1.16.7
The closest mirror will be selected automatically in network install mode
SCAP Security Guide has new profiles and improvements for the existing profiles:
- A new profile aligned with the Australian Cyber Security Centre Information Security Manual (ACSC ISM).
- The Center for Internet Security (CIS) profile restructured into four different profiles (Workstation Level 1, Workstation Level 2, Server Level 1, Server Level 2).
- The Security Technical Implementation Guide (STIG) security profile updated to version V1R3.
- A new STIG profile compatible with Server with GUI installations.
- A new French National Security Agency (ANSSI) High Level profile, which completes the availability of profiles for all ANSSI-BP-028 v1.2 hardening levels in the SCAP Security Guide.
You can reference the upstream RHEL 8.5 release notes (opens new window) for a full list of changes in this release.
# Installation instructions
There are three installation ISO images available:
AlmaLinux-8.5-beta-1-x86_64-boot.iso - a single network installation CD image that downloads packages over the Internet.
AlmaLinux-8.5-beta-1-x86_64-minimal.iso - a minimal self-containing DVD image that makes possible offline installation.
AlmaLinux-8.5-beta-1-x86_64-dvd.iso - a full installation DVD image that contains mostly all AlmaLinux packages.
The recommended way to download ISO images is using the torrent (opens new window) links. Alternatively, you can select a mirror closest to your geographic area listed on the mirrors.almalinux.org (opens new window) website. A local mirror will be a lot quicker than using
repo.almalinux.org directly. Then, download a suitable ISO image from the 8.5-beta/isos/$arch/ directory of your source, for example:
$ wget https://mirror.interserver.net/almalinux/8.5-beta/isos/x86_64/AlmaLinux-8.5-beta-1-x86_64-boot.iso
Download and import the AlmaLinux public key:
$ wget https://repo.almalinux.org/almalinux/RPM-GPG-KEY-AlmaLinux $ gpg --import RPM-GPG-KEY-AlmaLinux
Download and verify a checksums list:
$ wget https://repo.almalinux.org/almalinux/8.5-beta/isos/x86_64/CHECKSUM # we are looking for “Good signature” $ gpg --verify CHECKSUM gpg: Signature made Wed 13 Oct 2021 02:07:37 PM UTC using RSA key ID C21AD6EA gpg: Good signature from "AlmaLinux <[email protected]>" gpg: WARNING: This key is not certified with a trusted signature! gpg: There is no indication that the signature belongs to the owner. Primary key fingerprint: 5E9B 8F56 17B5 066C E920 57C3 488F CF7C 3ABB 34F8 Subkey fingerprint: E53C F5EF 91CE B0AD 1812 ECB8 51D6 647E C21A D6EA
Verify the downloaded ISO image checksum:
# calculate the downloaded ISO SHA256 checksum $ sha256sum AlmaLinux-8.5-beta-1-x86_64-boot.iso 0be5eb574b872737a930ae77d4163b89709cbd537be0f541dbfef046b1813feb AlmaLinux-8.5-beta-1-x86_64-boot.iso # compare it with expected checksum, it should be the same $ cat CHECKSUM | grep -E 'SHA256.*AlmaLinux-8.5-beta-1-x86_64-boot.iso' SHA256 (AlmaLinux-8.5-beta-1-x86_64-boot.iso) = 0be5eb574b872737a930ae77d4163b89709cbd537be0f541dbfef046b1813feb
If you decide to use the
AlmaLinux-8.5-beta-1-x86_64-boot.iso image, you will need to provide the
8.5-beta/BaseOS/x86_64/kickstart/ repository from the selected mirror as the Installation Source if the installer will not be able to find closest mirror for some reason.
There are no extra Installation Sources required if you decided to go with either the minimal or DVD ISO images.
# Upgrade Instructions
Please do not use these update instructions on production machines, unless you don't mind if something breaks. 😉
Upgrade the almalinux-release package to the 8.5-1.el8 version from the beta repositories:
$ dnf install -y https://repo.almalinux.org/almalinux/almalinux-release-latest-8-beta.x86_64.rpm $ dnf clean all
the new package contains updated repository URLs so that you can just run:
$ dnf upgrade -y
to update the rest of the packages.
# Added packages
Here is a list of added packages in comparison with upstream distribution.
|almalinux-backgrounds||AlmaLinux background images.|
|almalinux-indexhtml||AlmaLinux default browser page|
|almalinux-logos||AlmaLinux graphics for OS|
|almalinux-logos-httpd||AlmaLinux graphics for HTTPD server|
|almalinux-logos-ipa||AlmaLinux graphics for IPA server|
|almalinux-release||AlmaLinux release package, repos, and EULA|
# Removed packages
Here is a list of removed packages in comparison with the upstream distribution.
AlmaLinux OS is a community distribution so all changes are subject to discussion. If you would like to do so, please join AlmaLinux Chat (opens new window) as well as filing a bug report at AlmaLinux Bug Tracker (opens new window) to discuss if you think any of the packages below should be included into the repos.
|insights-client||RHEL specific package to connect to upstream vendor resources|
|kmod-redhat-*||RHEL specific modules from Driver Update Program|
|kpatch*||RHEL specific live patches for kernel|
|redhat-backgrounds||RHEL specific background images|
|redhat-indexhtml||RHEL specific default browser page|
|redhat-logos||RHEL specific graphics for OS|
|redhat-logos-httpd||RHEL specific graphics for HTTPD server|
|redhat-logos-ipa||RHEL specific graphics for IPA server|
|redhat-release||RHEL specific release package and repos|
|redhat-release-eula||RHEL specific EULA|
|redhat-support-lib-python||RHEL specific package to connect to upstream vendor resources|
|redhat-support-tool||RHEL specific package to connect to upstream vendor resources|
|rhc||RHEL specific package to connect to upstream vendor resources|
|rhc-worker-playbook||RHEL specific package to connect to upstream vendor resources|
|rhsm-gtk||RHEL specific GUI for Subscription Manager|
|rhsm-icons||RHEL specific GUI for Subscription Manager|
|spice-client-win-x64||Contains binaries built by upstream vendor|
|spice-client-win-x86||Contains binaries built by upstream vendor|
|spice-qxl-wddm-dod||Contains binaries built by upstream vendor|
|spice-vdagent-win-x64||Contains binaries built by upstream vendor|
|spice-vdagent-win-x86||Contains binaries built by upstream vendor|
|subscription-manager-cockpit||RHEL specific Cockpit module for Subscription Manager|
|subscription-manager-initial-setup-addon||RHEL specific initial setup addon for Subscription Manager|
|subscription-manager-plugin-container||RHEL specific Subscription Manager plugin for upstream vendor containers|
|virt-who||RHEL specific package to connect to upstream vendor resources|
|virtio-win||Contain binaries built by upstream vendor|
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