[HostHum.com] The day finally here. CentOS Linux 8 reaches End of Life (EOL) Today, December 31, 2021. In brief:

  • No further operating system updates will be available after December 31, 2021. This means that CentOS 8 should not be considered for use in production environments.
  • CentOS 8 will be transformed into an upstream branch of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) called CentOS Stream, and it is not meant as a replacement for CentOS.

You may find more information at CentOS.org.

But If you use CentOS 7 you do not need to take any urgent actions right now. The CentOS Linux 7 lifecycle will remain unchanged, still with updates and security patches continuing to be available till June 30th, 2024.

Red Hat has announced that it will be discontinuing CentOS based on RedHat releases in December 2020. And this decision disappointed many peopel. Back in 2004, Red Hat did the same thing by EOL’ing all versions of Red Hat Linux and forced users to Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

If you are looking for a replacement for CentOS 8. Rocky Linux cloud be a good option. It is a community-based enterprise-level operating system led by Gregory Kurtzer, the founder of the CentOS project. Rocky Linux rebuilds sources directly from RHEL, so you can bet your best dollar that you’ll have a super stable experience, no matter the use-case.


I was a CentOS user for many years and migrated to Debian a year ago. But I’d like to thank the CentsOS community for maintaining the CentOS for so many years. Thanks for everything!