# AlmaLinux 8.8 Release Notes
These are the release notes for AlmaLinux OS 8.8 Stable for all supported architectures:
Codename: Sapphire Caracal.
Distributed kernel version: 4.18.0-477.10.1.el8_8.
# 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).
Updated module streams:
- Python 3.11
- nginx 1.22
- PostgreSQL 15
- Git to version 2.39.1
- Git LFS to version 3.2.0
Performance tools and debuggers updates:
- Valgrind 3.19
- SystemTap 4.8
- elfutils 0.188
Updated performance monitoring tools:
- PCP 5.3.7
- Grafana 7.5.15
- GCC Toolset 12
- LLVM Toolset 15.0.7
- Rust Toolset 1.66
- Go Toolset 1.19.4
- The FIPS mode settings in the kernel have been adjusted to conform to the Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 140-3.
- The Libreswan IPsec implementation was rebased to version 4.9.
fapolicydsoftware framework allows filtering the RPM database.
- The latest version of the OpenSCAP security compliance utility is now available 1.3.7.
- Rsyslog TLS-encrypted logging now supports multiple CA files.
- Updated SELinux policy allows running the
systemd-socket-proxydin its own SELinux domain.
- System now uses updated AlmaLinux EV Code Sign Secure Boot certificate
You can reference the upstream RHEL 8.8 release notes (opens new window) for a full list of changes in this release.
# Installation instructions
There are three installation ISO images available:
AlmaLinux-8.8-x86_64-boot.iso - a single network installation CD image that downloads packages over the Internet.
AlmaLinux-8.8-x86_64-minimal.iso - a minimal self-containing DVD image that makes possible offline installation.
AlmaLinux-8.8-x86_64-dvd.iso - a full installation DVD image that contains mostly all AlmaLinux packages.
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 8.8/isos/$arch/ directory of your source, for example:
$ wget https://mirror.interserver.net/almalinux/8.8/isos/x86_64/AlmaLinux-8.8-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/8.8/isos/x86_64/CHECKSUM # we are looking for “Good signature” $ gpg --verify CHECKSUM gpg: Signature made Wed 17 May 2023 01:25:21 PM EDT gpg: using RSA key E53CF5EF91CEB0AD1812ECB851D6647EC21AD6EA gpg: Good signature from "AlmaLinux <firstname.lastname@example.org>" [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-8.8-x86_64-boot.iso 0d28926ed9bff9f5848365dea04e747f86fb68c917087d0b4063387f656eeb52 AlmaLinux-8.8-x86_64-boot.iso # compare it with expected checksum, it should be the same $ cat CHECKSUM | grep -E 'SHA256.*AlmaLinux-8.8-x86_64-boot.iso' SHA256 (AlmaLinux-8.8-x86_64-boot.iso) = 0d28926ed9bff9f5848365dea04e747f86fb68c917087d0b4063387f656eeb52
If you decide to use the
AlmaLinux-8.8-x86_64-boot.iso image, you will need to provide the
8.8/BaseOS/x86_64/kickstart/ URL 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
To update your AlmaLinux OS 8 to 8.8 run:
$ 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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