AlmaLinux chairs confirm that the foundation was never asked to be a part of the OpenELA – ITPro

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Title: Why AlmaLinux is Not Part of OpenELA

One Major Reason Behind AlmaLinux’s Absence from OpenELA

AlmaLinux, a major player in the Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) ecosystem, has been noticeably absent from the newly formed Open Enterprise Linux Association (OpenELA). In an exclusive interview with ITPro, the chair of AlmaLinux, Benny Vasquez, revealed the reason for this omission.

The significant difference between the motivations of AlmaLinux and the other companies in OpenELA is the major driving force behind this decision. While SUSE, Oracle, and CIQ are commercially driven firms, AlmaLinux operates on a non-profit basis.

“We’re not here to make a profit with AlmaLinux,” Vasquez stated. “We were users of CentOS and want to see it continue to live as it was, or even better.” This genuine intention sets AlmaLinux apart and explains their absence from OpenELA, which is primarily driven by the goal of subverting RHEL’s restrictions for commercial gains.

But, why is this move causing such a commotion? According to Vasquez, “Enterprise Linux used to be pretty boring, and now it’s where all the drama is.” The recent decision by Red Hat to limit access to RHEL’s source code has sparked a flurry of announcements and activities in this space.

However, Vasquez believes that Red Hat was well aware of the backlash that would follow this move, but the potential commercial benefits outweighed any negative feedback. “No matter how much pushback they receive, a business is looking at dollars,” Vasquez explained. “If a change brings in more money, they will not care about the public outcry.”

The discontinuation of CentOS led to the launch of AlmaLinux and Rocky Linux, both aiming to provide a free community-supported alternative to RHEL. While Rocky Linux quickly announced possible solutions to access RHEL’s source code, AlmaLinux took a more cautious approach.

“We did our due diligence before making a decision that we are confident in,” Vasquez said. “Our focus is on ABI and API compatibility, instead of achieving 100% binary and bug-for-bug compatibility.” This approach has also been adopted by OpenELA, a spokesperson confirmed.

The ongoing turmoil in the Linux community is likely to result in fragmentation, but Vasquez believes that this could also lead to more innovation and excitement in the industry. “Fragmentation can be good for everybody,” he said. “When we are not limited to one specific thing, we are likely to see more progress and development in the future.”

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