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Microsoft Azure Now Supports the CentOS Clone AlmaLinux

AlmaLinux is now available on Microsoft Azure through Azure Portal, bringing CloudLinux CentOS clone to Microsoft cloud customers.


has announced AlmaLinux is now available for the Microsoft Azure cloud platform. Customers can get the operating system through the Azure marketplace with images available across Gen 1 and Gen 2. All downloads will run through the Azure portal.

If you are unfamiliar with AlmaLinux OS, it has a very interesting origin story. It is essentially a clone of CentOS. Yes, the same CentOS Linux distro that was is developed by .

Back in December 2020, Red Hat revealed it was not going to focus on CentOS Linux anymore, instead turning to CentOS Stream. CentOS was supposed to be the rebuilt version of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) but the company changed track.

The decision annoyed users running CentOS, but a savior was on the horizon. CloudLinux – one of the biggest commercial distributors of CentOS – said it would build a cloud of the distro. That clone was AlmaLinux, which is now coming to .

I told you it was an interesting origin.


Aside from the good news of a release on Azure, it gets even better because CloudLinux costs the grand sum of zero. While it is not abnormal for a Linux distro to be free, there is some surprise considering CloudLinux has been providing RHEL/Cent OS server clones for over a decade.

On the Azure marketplace, CloudLinux describes AlmaLinux OS in the following way:

“AlmaLinux OS is the only 100% community owned and governed, open source, and forever-free, enterprise-grade Linux distribution based on RHEL. Focused on long-term stability and providing a robust platform, AlmaLinux is 1:1 binary compatible with RHEL. Users and developers count on AlmaLinux as the platform to power all their workloads in the cloud and beyond.”

It is worth pointing out Red Hat has not abandoned CentOS, it is just now different and approaches the company's RHEL platform differently. Known as CentOS Stream, tracks in front of the current RHEL version as a developer/preview release.

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Last Updated on February 14, 2022 8:22 pm CET

Luke Jones
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