What is the Rocky Linux Project?



Rocky Linux is a community enterprise Operating System designed to be 100% bug-for-bug compatible with Enterprise Linux, now that CentOS has shifted direction.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What do you mean, “CentOS has shifted direction?”

The CentOS project recently announced a shift in strategy for CentOS. Whereas previously CentOS existed as a downstream build of its upstream vendor (it receives patches and updates after the upstream vendor does), it will be shifting to an upstream build (testing patches and updates before inclusion in the upstream vendor).

Additionally, support for CentOS Linux 8 has been cut short, from May 31, 2029 to December 31, 2021.

Q: So where does Rocky Linux come in?

Rocky Linux aims to function as a downstream build as CentOS had done previously, building releases after they have been added to the upstream vendor, not before.


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Thank you for your interest in contributing to the project!

If you are a developer, architect, engineer, or otherwise looking to contribute your time and expertise, please consider joining the Slack and jumping into the most relevant channel to your interests.

If you are interested in contributing server, networking, or storage resources, or wish to contribute financially or sponsor the project, please email [email protected]. Please note we do not currently have a Patreon, Ko-Fi or anything of the sort.

Special Thanks

We would like to thank the following groups for their support thus far on the project: