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AlmaLinux OS

Last Update: 2023-11-21 17:45 UTC

AlmaLinux OS is an open-source, community-driven project that is built from the source code of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL). AlmaLinux is a completely binary compatible fork of RHEL and it is maintained by AlmaLinux OS Foundation which is a register non-profit.

Popularity (hits per day): 12 months: 21 (382), 6 months: 25 (338), 3 months: 21 (374), 4 weeks: 17 (455), 1 week: 46 (250)

Average visitor rating: 7.93/10 from 59 review(s).

AlmaLinux OS Summary
Distribution AlmaLinux OS
Home Page https://almalinux.org/
Mailing Lists https://lists.almalinux.org/mailman3/lists/
User Forums --
Alternative User Forums
Documentation https://almalinux.org/#faq
Screenshots DistroWatch Gallery
Download Mirrors https://repo.almalinux.org/almalinux/
Bug Tracker https://bugs.almalinux.org/
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Where To Donate, Buy, or Try

Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases announcements with download links and checksums:
 • 2023-11-13: Distribution Release: AlmaLinux OS 9.3
 • 2023-10-26: Development Release: AlmaLinux OS 9.3 Beta
 • 2023-05-11: Distribution Release: AlmaLinux OS 9.2
 • 2022-11-17: Distribution Release: AlmaLinux OS 9.1
 • 2022-11-10: Distribution Release: AlmaLinux OS 8.7
 • 2022-10-26: Development Release: AlmaLinux OS 8.7 Beta
 • 2022-05-26: Distribution Release: AlmaLinux OS 9.0
 • 2022-05-12: Distribution Release: AlmaLinux OS 8.6
 • 2022-05-06: Development Release: AlmaLinux OS 8.6 Beta
 • 2022-04-19: Development Release: AlmaLinux OS 9.0 Beta 1
 • 2021-11-12: Distribution Release: AlmaLinux OS 8.5
 • 2021-05-26: Distribution Release: AlmaLinux OS 8.4
 • More AlmaLinux releases...

 • 2023-08-30 AlmaLinux unveils two new repositories
 • 2023-08-15 A summary of how RHEL clones are responding to changes in RedHat's source code distribution
 • 2023-07-13 AlmaLinux drops bug-for-bug compatibility with Red Hat
 • 2022-10-07 AlmaLinux OS supports s390x
 • 2022-03-28 AlmaLinux OS might be the best replacement for CentOS Linux
 • 2022-02-25 AlmaLinux supports ppc64le CPUs
 • 2021-11-16 AlmaLinux OS developers answer community questions
 • 2021-10-21 AlmaLinux launches ELevate utility
 • 2021-06-30 Alma now runs on 64-bit ARM devices
 • 2021-03-31 AlmaLinux OS reaches stable status
 • More AlmaLinux headlines...

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Feature 9.3 8.9
Release Date 2023-11-13 2023-11-21
End Of Life    
Price (US$) Free Free
Image Size (MB) 800-10500 800-11000
Free Download ISO ISO
Installation Graphical Graphical
Default Desktop GNOME, KDE Plasma, MATE, Xfce GNOME
Package Management RPM (dnf) RPM (dnf)
Release Model Fixed Fixed
Office Suite LibreOffice LibreOffice
Processor Architecture aarch64, ppc64le, s390x, x86_64 aarch64, ppc64le, s390x, x86_64
Init Software systemd systemd
Journaled File Systems Btrfs, ext4 Btrfs, ext4
Multilingual Yes Yes
Asian Language Support -- --
Full Package List 9.3 8.9
Package 9.3 8.9
abiword (3.0.5) -- --
alsa-lib (1.2.10) 1.2.9 1.2.9
amdgpu (23.0.0) -- --
bash (5.2.21) 5.1 4.4
bind (9.18.20) 9.16.23 9.16.23
chromium (119.0.6045.199) -- --
cups (2.4.7) 2.3.3 2.2.6
dhcp (4.4.3-P1) 4.4.2 4.3.6
e2fsprogs (1.47.0) 1.46.5 1.45.6
firefox (120.0.1) 115.4.0 115.4.0
freetype (2.13.2) 2.10.4 2.9.1
gcc (13.2.0) 11.4.1 8.5.0
gimp (2.10.36) 2.99.8 2.8.22
glibc (2.38) 2.34 2.28
gnome-shell (45.2) 40.10 3.32.2
gnucash (5.4-1) -- --
gnumeric (1.12.56) -- --
grub (2.06) 2.06 2.02
gtk (4.12.4) 4.4.1 3.22.30
httpd (2.4.58) 2.4.57 2.4.37
inkscape (1.3.1) 1.1.1 0.92.3
k3b (23.08.3) -- --
kmod (31) 28 25
krita (5.2.1) -- --
libreoffice (7.6.3)
linux (6.6.4) 5.14.0 4.18.0
Package 9.3 8.9
lxpanel (0.10.1) -- --
mariadb (11.1.3) 10.5.22 10.5.22
mate-desktop (1.26.2) -- --
mesa (23.3.0) 23.1.4 23.1.4
mysql (8.2.0) 8.0.32 8.0.32
nautilus (45.2.1) 40.2 3.28.1
NVIDIA (545.29.06) -- --
openbox (3.6.1) -- --
openjdk (21.0.1)
openssh (9.5p1) 8.7p1 8.0p1
openssl (3.2.0) 3.0.7e 1.1.1k
perl (5.38.2) 2.27 2.27
php (8.3.0) 8.1.14 8.0.30
plasma-desktop (5.27.10) -- --
postfix (3.8.3) 3.5.9 3.5.8
postgresql (16.1) 15.3 15.3
Python (3.12.0) 3.9.18 0.38.4
qt (6.6.1) 5.15.9 5.15.3
samba (4.19.3) 4.18.6 4.18.6
systemd (255) 252 239
thunderbird (115.5.1) 115.4.1 115.4.1
vim (9.0) 8.2 8.0
vlc (3.0.20) -- --
wayland (1.22.0) -- --
xfdesktop (4.18.1) -- --
xorg-server (21.1.9) 1.20.11 1.20.11

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Version: 9.3
Rating: 9
Date: 2023-11-25
Votes: 1

Installed workstation, AlmaLinux 9.3, gnome desktop, installed EPEL as described here: www.linuxcapable.com/how-to-install-epel-on-almalinux/ . I also enabled Flatpak orcacore.com/quick-setup-for-flatpak-on-almalinux-9-and-rhel-9/ . With that, I installed every bit of software I wanted. I only needed FlatPak for Spotify. Gnome had some nice improvements that with the pdf doc viewer. I have an older desktop with a Gen 4, i3 processor, 16G RAM, SSDs and it's plenty fast. My laptop is running Fedora 39. Happy with both. Just like to have different life cycles in case something goes horribly wrong.

AlmaLinux 9.3 (Shamrock Pampas Cat)
Gnome: 40.4.0

Why only 9? I tried to installing the KDE Plasma live image and it would't boot after the upgrade to 9.3. I suspect something related to KDE Plasma display, graphics, wayland. I forgot to check if Xorg worked.

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Version: 8.8
Rating: 10
Date: 2023-09-15
Votes: 0

lite and simple to use: An open source, community owned and managed, free enterprise Linux distribution. Focusing on long-term stability and providing a powerful production level platform. It can serve as an alternative to RHEL's downstream Linux operating system after CentOS stops maintenance (changed to rolling updates) and inherits the open source and free features of the original CentOS.

I have tried asking questions on AlmaLinux and RockyLinux, and AlmaLinux's response is quite effective, making RockyLinux easy to overlook; I originally had a liking for RockyLinux, but later found out that the official mioors couldn't list all CN images, and no one gave feedback

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Version: 9.2
Rating: 10
Date: 2023-06-02
Votes: 0

AlmaLinux OS
Version: 9.2
Use: Desktop
Desktop Environment: Gnome
Architecture: x86_64
Hardware: HP Z230 workstation, 16GiB RAM and assorted SSDs

I have been using AlmaLinux 9.2 as a desktop operating system for about a month.
During this time it has impressed as a very stable operating system.
Peformance is snappy and seems a little quicker with an ext4 root file system, rather than the default xfs.

AlmaLinux 9.2 was installed without any issues using a boot iso and a network install.
Note: AlmaLinux seems to have a similar issue to recent versions of Fedora, where the installation media won't boot in UEFI mode on some older motherboards.

A good selection of desktop applications can be obtained from:
* AlmaLinux repositories;
* EPEL and RPMFusion third party repos; and
* Flatpaks.

As AlmaLinux is 1:1 binary compatible with RHEL, documentation is not an issue.

The caliber of the companies backing Alma Linux is reassuring, as is CERN and Fermilab's choice of AlmaLinux as their standard linux distribution.
I also like that AlmaLinux is community-driven and that the AlmaLinux OS Foundation is a non-profit organisation.

AlmaLinux does everything I need a desktop operating system to do and does them well.

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