# AlmaLinux 8.6 Release Notes
These are the release notes for AlmaLinux OS 8.6 Stable for all supported architectures:
Codename: Sky Tiger. Distributed kernel version: 4.18.0-372.9.1.el8.
# 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:
- PHP 8.0
- Perl 5.32
- log4j 2
- container-tools 4.0
Added new repositories:
- Real Time (RT)
- Real Time for NFV (NFV)
- GCC Toolset 11
- LLVM Toolset 13.0.1
- Rust Toolset 1.58.1
- Go Toolset 1.17.7
Added drop-in configuration files support to OpenSSH
--checksumoption to the
semodulecommand to verify the versions of installed SELinux policy modules
You can reference the upstream RHEL 8.6 release notes (opens new window) for a full list of changes in this release.
# Installation instructions
There are three installation ISO images available:
AlmaLinux-8.6-x86_64-boot.iso - a single network installation CD image that downloads packages over the Internet.
AlmaLinux-8.6-x86_64-minimal.iso - a minimal self-containing DVD image that makes possible offline installation.
AlmaLinux-8.6-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 8.6/isos/$arch/ directory of your source, for example:
$ wget https://mirror.interserver.net/almalinux/8.6/isos/x86_64/AlmaLinux-8.6-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/8.6/isos/x86_64/CHECKSUM # we are looking for “Good signature” $ gpg --verify CHECKSUM gpg: Signature made Wed May 11 21:11:12 2022 UTC gpg: using RSA key 51D6647EC21AD6EA gpg: Good signature from "AlmaLinux <email@example.com>" [unknown] 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-8.6-x86_64-boot.iso de92004fcc5bb5b9af586c9b5ab0e0c7c5a5eedce4d2be85156c5dd31a4fa81b AlmaLinux-8.6-x86_64-boot.iso # compare it with expected checksum, it should be the same $ cat CHECKSUM | grep -E 'SHA256.*AlmaLinux-8.6-x86_64-boot.iso' SHA256 (AlmaLinux-8.6-x86_64-boot.iso) = de92004fcc5bb5b9af586c9b5ab0e0c7c5a5eedce4d2be85156c5dd31a4fa81b
If you decide to use the
AlmaLinux-8.6-x86_64-boot.iso image, you will need to provide the
8.6/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.
Notice: the size of the ramdisk has increased. If you encounter remote "ks.cfg not found" this could be due memory limits in your template VM (4GB of RAM is known to work)
# Upgrade Instructions from 8.5 to 8.6
To update your AlmaLinux OS 8.5 Stable to 8.6:
$ dnf upgrade -y
To upgrade from the 8.6 Beta Release run the same command twice:
$ dnf upgrade -y
# 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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