# AlmaLinux 8.8 Beta Release Notes
These are the release notes for AlmaLinux OS 8.8 Beta for all supported architectures:
Codename: Sapphire Caracal. Distributed kernel version: 4.18.0-477.el8
# Beta Release
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).
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
- Dyninst 12.1.0
- 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 Libreswan IPsec implementation was rebased to version 4.9.
fapolicydsoftware framework allows filtering of 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
Beta repositories are now located in the vault (opens new window) repository to reduce storage usage on mirrors.
You can reference the upstream RHEL 8.8 Beta 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-beta-1-x86_64-boot.iso - a single network installation CD image that downloads packages over the Internet.
AlmaLinux-8.8-beta-1-x86_64-minimal.iso - a minimal self-containing DVD image that makes possible offline installation.
AlmaLinux-8.8-beta-1-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-beta/isos/$arch/ directory of your source, for example:
$ wget https://mirror.interserver.net/almalinux/8.8-beta/isos/x86_64/AlmaLinux-8.8-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/8.8-beta/isos/x86_64/CHECKSUM # we are looking for “Good signature” $ gpg --verify CHECKSUM gpg: Signature made Thu 20 Apr 2023 12:04:10 PM EDT 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-8.8-beta-1-x86_64-boot.iso ad9237ec5f21ff3d1c500674623bd86d7d196e06cef301943f574b92ef091b13 AlmaLinux-8.8-beta-1-x86_64-boot.iso # compare it with expected checksum, it should be the same $ cat CHECKSUM | grep -E 'SHA256.*AlmaLinux-8.8-beta-1-x86_64-boot.iso' SHA256 (AlmaLinux-8.8-beta-1-x86_64-boot.iso) = ad9237ec5f21ff3d1c500674623bd86d7d196e06cef301943f574b92ef091b13
If you decide to use the
AlmaLinux-8.8-beta-1-x86_64-boot.iso image, you will need to provide the
https://repo.almalinux.org/vault/8.8-beta/BaseOS/x86_64/kickstart/ URL 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 8.8-0.5.el8 version from the beta repositories:
$ dnf install -y https://repo.almalinux.org/vault/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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