The recent changes in the CentOS release and support already have made significant impact to at least one software I use – CPanel. They are to drop CentOS Stream support meaning that after the EOL of Centos 7 in 2024 it appears CPanel will no longer support CentOS. (Not cool IBM, definitely not cool…)
Here is the complete announcement from CPanel:
The CentOS Project recently announced several significant changes to its roadmap that may affect your current and future infrastructure deployment strategies. These changes are detailed in their blog post here: https://blog.centos.org/2020/12/future-is-centos-stream/
The CentOS Project announced the following changes to their roadmap:
The CentOS Project accelerated the End-of-Life date for CentOS 8. No further operating system updates will be available after December 31, 2021
The CentOS Project announced that CentOS 8 will transform to an upstream (development) branch of Red Hat Enterprise Linux called CentOS Stream, where previous CentOS versions are part of the stable branch. Current best practices indicate that CentOS Stream is not intended for use in production environments.
The CentOS 7 life cycle remains unchanged. Updates and security patches will continue to be made available until June 30, 2024. The life cycle timing is subject to change.
Following these announcements by the CentOS Project, we will continue our rollout of support for CentOS 8, including support for a newly announced fork of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 8, and we will accelerate investment in our development efforts to support additional operating systems:
We are accelerating support for cPanel on Ubuntu LTS. The initiative to support cPanel on Ubuntu LTS is underway, and we expect to deliver a production-ready version in late 2021
We will continue development efforts on cPanel to support CentOS 8. When CentOS 8 is moved to End-of-Life on December 31, 2021, you can transition your CentOS 8 deployments to get updates from 3rd parties that will extend the life of CentOS 8 through 2029; this mirrors the RHEL 8 life cycle roadmap. cPanel has made the commitment to support the recently announced RHEL 8 fork by CloudLinux. More information is available here: https://blog.cloudlinux.com/announcing-open-sourced-community-driven-rhel-fork-by-cloudlinux
We will support CloudLinux OS 8. This additional supported operating system provides an upgrade path for customers with CloudLinux 6 or 7 deployments. Additionally, CloudLinux is another commercially supported operating system that many of our customers benefit from. CloudLinux includes many advanced features such as improved user resource limitations, increased user visibility, and advanced customer isolation. More information on CloudLinux OS can be found here: https://cpanel.net/extensions/
We will not support CentOS Stream.
We expect to continue to support CentOS 7 through its expected life cycle. End-of-Life is scheduled for June 30, 2024.
If you are leveraging CentOS 6 and you would like to extend support for that operating system, there are extended life cycle options available from CloudLinux that we support and have available in the cPanel Store. More information is available here: https://cpanel.net/extensions/
While the CentOS Project’s announcements are unsettling, we are committed to supporting you, your business, and your customers. As we reach critical delivery milestones in our support of cPanel on CentOS 8, CloudLinux 8, and Ubuntu LTS, we will provide you with timely updates.