# AlmaLinux 8.9 Beta Release Notes

These are the release notes for AlmaLinux OS 8.9 Beta for all supported architectures:

  • x86_64
  • aarch64
  • ppc64le
  • s390x

Codename: Midnight Oncilla.

Distributed kernel version: 4.18.0-513.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).

# Changelog

  • Added a new module streams:

    • Node.js 20
  • Updated components:

    • Git to version 2.39.1
    • Git LFS to version 3.2.0
  • Performance tools and debuggers updates:

    • Valgrind 3.21
    • SystemTap 4.9
    • elfutils 0.189
  • Updated performance monitoring tools:

    • Grafana 9.2.10
    • grafana-pcp 5.1.1
  • Compiler updates:

    • GCC Toolset 13
    • LLVM Toolset 16.0.6
    • Rust Toolset 1.71.1
    • Go Toolset 1.20.6
  • Security

    • OpenSCAP 1.3.8
    • ANSSI-BP-028 SCAP security profiles were updated to version 2.0
    • SCAP Security Guide now contains improved rules to provide more consistent interactive user configuration and the DISA STIG profile supports audit_rules_login_events_faillock.

You can reference the RHEL 8.9 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-8.9-beta-1-x86_64-boot.iso - a single network installation CD image that downloads packages over the Internet.

AlmaLinux-8.9-beta-1-x86_64-minimal.iso - a minimal self-containing DVD image that makes possible offline installation.

AlmaLinux-8.9-beta-1-x86_64-dvd.iso - a full installation DVD image that contains mostly all AlmaLinux packages.

Download a suitable ISO image from the 8.9-beta/isos/$arch/ directory, for example:

$ wget https://repo.almalinux.org/almalinux/8.9-beta/isos/x86_64/AlmaLinux-8.9-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/8.9-beta/isos/x86_64/CHECKSUM

# we are looking for “Good signature”
$ gpg --verify CHECKSUM
gpg: Signature made Thu 02 Nov 2023 04:46:13 AM EDT
gpg:                using RSA key E53CF5EF91CEB0AD1812ECB851D6647EC21AD6EA
gpg: Good signature from "AlmaLinux <packager@almalinux.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-8.9-beta-1-x86_64-boot.iso
fe73e692f0a970c2f65f5bec1b66b10aaa02a9978eb2c4d20c751a59fe284dcd  AlmaLinux-8.9-beta-1-x86_64-boot.iso

# compare it with expected checksum, it should be the same
$ cat CHECKSUM | grep -E 'SHA256.*AlmaLinux-8.9-beta-1-x86_64-boot.iso'
SHA256 (AlmaLinux-8.9-beta-1-x86_64-boot.iso) = fe73e692f0a970c2f65f5bec1b66b10aaa02a9978eb2c4d20c751a59fe284dcd

If you decide to use the AlmaLinux-8.9-beta-1-x86_64-boot.iso image, you may need to provide the https://repo.almalinux.org/vault/8.9-beta/BaseOS/x86_64/kickstart/ URL repository as the Installation Source in the event that the installer is not able to find it automatically 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 8.9-0.0.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.

# Additional packages

Here is a list of packages that are AlmaLinux-specific, and will not be found in compatible versions of RHEL..

Package Description
almalinux-backgrounds AlmaLinux background images.
Replaces redhat-backgrounds
almalinux-indexhtml AlmaLinux default browser page
Replaces redhat-indexhtml
almalinux-logos AlmaLinux graphics for OS
Replaces redhat-logos
almalinux-logos-httpd AlmaLinux graphics for HTTPD server
Replaces redhat-logos-httpd
almalinux-logos-ipa AlmaLinux graphics for IPA server
Replaces redhat-logos-ipa
almalinux-release AlmaLinux release package, repos, and EULA
Replaces redhat-release and redhat-release-eula

# Removed packages

Here is a list of packages you will not find in AlmaLinux when comparing with the compatible version of RHEL.

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.

Package Description
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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