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Alma Linux hardware support and upgrades

AlmaLinux is a relatively new distribution, created as a downstream, binary-compatible alternative to CentOS. It aims to provide a stable, open-source, community-supported replacement for CentOS after CentOS shifted its focus with CentOS Stream.

When it comes to hardware support, most Linux distributions, including AlmaLinux, leverage the Linux kernel for hardware compatibility. The hardware support of a Linux distribution is largely determined by the Linux kernel version it uses. As new kernel versions are released, they often include support for newer hardware.

AlmaLinux, like other popular Linux distributions, maintains a good level of hardware support. However, the overall hardware compatibility depends on several factors:

  1. Linux Kernel Version:
    • Newer kernel versions tend to have better support for the latest hardware. Regular updates to the Linux kernel are crucial for maintaining good hardware compatibility.
  2. Driver Availability:
    • The availability of drivers for specific hardware components also affects compatibility. In many cases, drivers are included in the Linux kernel, but for certain proprietary or specialized hardware, additional drivers may be required.
  3. Community and Vendor Support:
    • Community support and engagement, as well as support from hardware vendors, contribute to a distribution’s overall hardware compatibility. Community chat, a real time discussion with other AlmaLinux OS community members, governance team and AlmaLinux OS developers.

It’s important to note that while AlmaLinux aims to provide excellent hardware support, individual experiences may vary based on the specific hardware components used. Users often choose Linux distributions based on factors such as their specific use case, support community, and the level of customization and control they desire.

Before choosing a Linux distribution, especially for production or specific hardware requirements, it’s recommended to check the distribution’s official documentation, forums, and community discussions to ensure that it meets your needs and has good support for your hardware. Additionally, testing the distribution on your hardware in a non-production environment can help identify any compatibility issues.

Major Version Upgrades

It wasn’t possible,until now, to move from CentOS 7.x to 8.x version of the RHEL derivative of your choice, or upgrade from 8.x to 9.x within the same derivative. Preserve your applications, your data, and your sanity.

ELevate enables migration between major versions of RHEL® derivatives. Move from CentOS 7.x to 8.x version of the RHEL derivative of your choice, or upgrade from 8.x to 9.x within the same derivative.

Additionality , Alma Linux announced that the first step in EPEL support is now included in the ELevate project, enabling smooth migrations between CentOS7 and AlmaLinux 8.

At present, the EPEL support does not include migrating to non-AlmaLinux OSes, or between EL8 and EL9 derivatives, but those are planned for the future!

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