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AlmaLinux 8.10, The Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.x alternative, is ready to run and also supports older, depreciated hardware.

The AlmaLinux OS Foundation, the nonprofit organization responsible for the community-driven open-source Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL)  clone AlmaLinux, has announced the general availability of AlmaLinux 8.10, aka Cerulean Leopard. This latest release can be downloaded today.

“Our consistently speedy releases, as demonstrated by today’s announcement and the recent release of 9.4, highlight the reliability and timeliness provided by AlmaLinux,” said benny Vasquez, Chair of the AlmaLinux OS Foundation. “With AlmaLinux, users can confidently deploy robust, scalable and secure Linux environments, ensuring seamless integration and maximum operational efficiency.”

AlmaLinux meticulously matches release and software versions with RHEL and builds from the same sources as RHEL, guaranteeing complete compatibility. This precision has made AlmaLinux a preferred choice for many who want a RHEL-compatible enterprise Linux distribution without Red Hat prices.

AlmaLinux 8.1 comes ready to run on the x86_64, ARM64, IBM PowerPC, and IBM Z platforms. It’s also available in multiple container formats and AWS, Azure, Google Cloud, Oracle Cloud and OpenNebula Cloud Images. In short, when the AlmaLinux OS Foundation says AlmaLinux is an enterprise distro, they mean it.

In line with the recent AlmaLinux 9.4 release, AlmaLinux 8.10 also focuses on performance, scalability and reliability. This update also introduces improvements in web-console and system roles to automate operations and ensure consistency in complex IT environments.

The new system roles streamline the creation and administration of logical volume manager (LVM) snapshots, enhancing data backup and recovery processes. Moreover, AlmaLinux 8.10 improves system availability and recovery processes, along with virtual machine snapshot functions in hybrid cloud scenarios.

“Releasing AlmaLinux 8.10 less than a week after RHEL 8.10 reaffirms the power of the AlmaLinux community and its ability to deliver speed, quality and security,” said Andrew Lukoshko, AlmaLinux’s Lead Architect. “Powered by people and organizations that provide infrastructure and deep technical knowledge, we have proven our commitment to delivering the enterprise Linux that people need.”

It’s more than just an RHEL 8 clone, though. Like AlmaLinux 9.4, the new AlmaLinux 8.10 supports hardware that’s been deprecated in the RHEL family.

  • Aacraid: Dell PERC2, 2/Si, 3/Si, 3/Di, Adaptec Advanced Raid Products, HP NetRAID-4M, IBM ServeRAID & ICP SCSI
  • Be2iscsi: Emulex OneConnect Open-iSCSI for BladeEngine 2 and 3 adapters
  • Hpsa: HP Smart Array Controller
  • Lpfc: Emulex LightPulse Fibre Channel SCSI
  • Megaraid_sas: Broadcom MegaRAID SAS
  • Mlx4_core: Mellanox Gen2 and ConnectX-2 adapters
  • Mpt3sas: LSI MPT Fusion SAS 3.0
  • Mptsas: Fusion MPT SAS Host
  • Qla2xxx: QLogic Fibre Channel HBA
  • Qla4xxx: QLogic iSCSI HBA
  • Be2net: Emulex BladeEngine 2 and 3 adapters

If you’re still running older hardware, this can be a Godsend. AlmaLinux is also open to bringing back other out-of-date hardware.

The Foundation is inviting feedback from its user community. In the meantime, you can check out the full AlmaLinux 8.10 release notes for all the details.

Have fun and get work done! Enjoy!