“What happened with CentOS will not happen with Rocky Linux”

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Here’s a Linux distro scoop from Computer World Canada. “Gregory Kurtzer, who founded and formerly led the former CentOS Linux open-source project as well as the cAos Foundation, the organization where initial development took place, said today that a governance structure has been put in in place to keep Rocky Linux in the public domain forever.”

Development of Rocky Linux began soon after, in late 2020, Red Hat ended development of CentOS, a community-based Linux distribution derived from Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) that had been around since 2004. It goes by the name of Jason Dale “Rocky” McGaugh, a talented programmer involved in the development of CentOS, died in December 2004 at the age of only 30. Asked what McGaugh might have thought of the operating system bearing his name, Kurtzer told IT World Canada, “to be honest, he was a shy guy, I don’t know if he would have liked us dwells on it, but at the same time, he was a big open source advocate and a big open source fan.

“I personally don’t think he would have liked what happened with CentOS.”

Kurtzer added that “what we’re doing with Rocky Linux is really where he would have liked to see the project and open source go. When we named him Rocky Linux, that was hats off to him for all that. he did, not only in open source and high performance computing (HPC), but also with the CentOS project.

“One of the last emails he wrote to the mailing list was that he was 99% complete with CentOS development. ‘never seen out.”

The key for an open source initiative to grow and flourish, Kurtzer said, is in registering it as a nonprofit, which was the case with the cAos Foundation. It did the same with Rocky Linux.
Its official name is Rocky Enterprise Software Foundation, “supported by an advisory board of trusted individuals and team leaders from the Rocky Linux community.”

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