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AlmaLinux OS

Last Update: 2024-05-28 14:13 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.

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Average visitor rating: 7.95/10 from 60 review(s).

AlmaLinux OS Summary
Distribution AlmaLinux OS
Home Page https://almalinux.org/
Mailing Lists https://lists.almalinux.org/mailman3/lists/
User Forums https://almalinux.discourse.group/
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:
 • 2024-05-28: Distribution Release: AlmaLinux OS 8.10
 • 2024-05-06: Distribution Release: AlmaLinux OS 9.4
 • 2024-04-15: Development Release: AlmaLinux OS 9.4 Beta
 • 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
 • More AlmaLinux releases...

 • 2024-04-18 AlmaLinux OS to re-add hardware support dropped by RHEL
 • 2024-04-05 AlmaLinux patches flaw ahead of upstream Red Hat
 • 2023-12-07 AlmaLinux introduces EPEL support
 • 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
 • More AlmaLinux headlines...

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Feature 9.4 8.10
Release Date 2024-05-06 2024-05-28
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 9.4 8.10
Package 9.4 8.10
abiword (3.0.5) -- --
alsa-lib (1.2.11) 1.2.10 1.2.10
amdgpu (23.0.0) -- --
bash (5.2.21) 5.1.8 4.4
bind (9.18.27) 9.16.23 9.16.23
chromium (125.0.6422.112) -- --
cups (2.4.8) 2.3.3 2.2.6
dhcp (4.4.3-P1) 4.4.2 4.3.6
e2fsprogs (1.47.1) 1.46.5 1.45.6
firefox (126.0.1) 115.9.1 115.10.0
freetype (2.13.2) 2.10.4 2.9.1
gcc (14.1.0) 11.4.1 8.5.0
gimp (2.10.38) 2.99.8 2.8.22
glibc (2.39) 2.34 2.28
gnome-shell (46.2) 40.10 3.32.2
gnucash (5.6) -- --
gnumeric (1.12.57) -- --
grub (2.12) 2.06 2.02
gtk (4.14.4) 4.12.3 3.22.30
httpd (2.4.59) 2.4.57 2.4.37
inkscape (1.3.1) 1.1.1 0.92.3
k3b (24.05.0) -- --
kmod (32) 28 25
krita (5.2.2) -- --
LibreOffice (24.2.3) 7.1.8 6.4.7
linux (6.9.2) 5.14 4.18.0
Package 9.4 8.10
lxpanel (0.10.1) -- --
mariadb (11.3.2) 10.11.6 10.5.22
mate-desktop (1.28.2) -- --
mesa (24.1.0) 23.3.3 23.1.4
mysql (8.4.0) 8.0.36 8.0.36
nautilus (46.2) 40.2 3.28.1
NVIDIA (550.78) -- --
openbox (3.6.1) -- --
openjdk (22)
openssh (9.7p1) 8.7p1 8.0p1
openssl (3.3.0) 3.0.7 1.1.1k
perl (5.38.2) 2.32.1 2.27
php (8.3.7) 8.2.13 8.2.13
plasma-desktop (6.0.5) -- --
postfix (3.9.0) 3.5.9 3.5.8
postgresql (16.3) 16.1 16.1
Python (3.12.3) 3.12.1 0.41.2
qt (6.7.1) 5.15.9 5.15.3
samba (4.20.1) 4.19.4 4.19.4
systemd (255.7) 252 239
thunderbird (125.0) 115.9.0 115.10.0
vim (9.1) 8.2 8.0
vlc (3.0.20) -- --
wayland (1.22.0) -- --
xfdesktop (4.18.1) -- --
xorg-server (21.1.13) 1.20.11 1.20.11

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Version: 9.3
Rating: 9
Date: 2024-04-30
Votes: 8

I was a Centos user and changed by curiosity to Alma Linux. Not that Centos is bad (it is actually really good), but to my knowing has no pure KDE version.
Alma Linux has and so I went for the KDE version.
Really happy with this choice. The extra Synergy repo does add value as I like Warpinator, which is included in Synergy.
I am ashtonished by the speed of this distro. Everything works spot on on Wayland, which is really good.
As for now I do not need Nvidia drivers.
I would have liked a more up-to-date kernel, but what the 5.14 works really well.
My idea is not the change a winning team, so I trust Alma Linux this kernel is capabel and safe.

So, I think Alma Linux is the best version for those home users searching quality over quantity. The only valid competitor being OpenSuse Leap. Opensuse however in a way forces to install Nvidia, which is a problem with my 470-driver if I want to use Wayland.
With Alma I am not forced in any way to install Nvidia so I can continue on Wayland-Nouveau.

So, yes, I invite people to use Alma, professional and home user alike. It is a top distro.

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Version: 9.3
Rating: 9
Date: 2023-11-25
Votes: 0

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: 1

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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