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Jake Roggenbuck
Jake Roggenbuck
I am currently studying Computer Science

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"Thinking back to early CentOS days... My cofounder was Rocky McGaugh. He is no longer with us, so as a H/T to him, who never got to see the success that CentOS came to be, I introduce to you...Rocky Linux"
— Gregory Kurtzer, Founder

About #

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.

Q: When will it be released?

There is not currently an ETA for release.

Q: What is the vision for Rocky Linux?

A solid, stable, and transparent alternative for production environments, developed by the community for the community.

Q: Who drives Rocky Linux?

We all do, Rocky Linux is a community-driven project and always will be. Rocky Linux will not be sold or driven by corporate interest.

Q: How can I get involved?

Please view the contributing section below.

Contact #

Web and,

For all other questions:

Stay Informed #

Contributing #

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 donating or sponsoring the project, please email

NOTE: We do not currently have any official crowdsourcing established.

Special Thanks #

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