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CentOS Linux was a long-standing, popular choice for users seeking free and open source Linux distribution. Based on Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), it offered stability and reliability in an easy-to-use package.

In 2021, after nearly 18 years of service, CentOS announced its end of life and would no longer be available as an operating system.


This left a large number of users searching for an alternative Linux distribution that could provide the same features and tools as CentOS. To fill this gap, two new distributions have emerged: Almalinux and Rocky Linux.

Whether to choose Rocky Linux or Almalinux can create confusion for users. To help them out, we created this article on the differences between Rocky Linux and Almalinux so that they can make an informed decision about which one is best suited for their needs.