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SUSE announces Liberty Linux to fill gap left by death of CentOS

SUSE announces Liberty Linux to fill gap left by death of CentOS Image by Clker-Free-Vector-Images from Pixabay

German open-source firm SUSE has announced it will be releasing Liberty Linux, a distribution that is intended to fill the gap left by CentOS, a business-focused distribution that was killed off by its owner Red Hat in December 2020.

SUSE, the second-biggest open-source company after Red Hat, said in a blog post that Liberty Linux would provide management tools that were optimised for mixed Linux environments, including Red Hat Enterprise Linux, CentOS and its own offerings.

The Red Hat announcement about CentOS, once an independent project, but since January 2014 a part of Red Hat itself, said CentOS Linux 8, as a rebuild of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8, would be decommissioned at the end of 2021.

CentOS was essentially Red Hat Enterprise Linux with the trademarks stripped out as that was the only part of which Red Hat had ownership.

SUSE chief technology officer Dr Thomas Di Giacomo said Liberty Linux would come with enterprise-grade support from the team at SUSE.

"That means that your support experience becomes simple because you are calling one support number and one team for all your support cases – no matter what the Linux distro," he said.

Liberty Linux would work well with SUSE Manager as an optional automation and management tool, Dr Di Giacomo said.

"That means you can simplify and streamline your disparate Linux environment – from core to cloud and all the way to the edge.

"And because SUSE Manager manages all your systems, your system administrators just need to monitor a single pane of glass to keep track of their health."

No date was given for the release of Liberty Linux.

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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