Kurtzer, the chief executive of a company known as Control Command, set up CentOS in 2002, and it was initially intended "to be a build platform for the new RPM-based community-maintained distribution Caos Linux".
On his website, Kurtzer said: "When it was designed to be released to the public, it was originally coined as Caos-EL (Enterprise Linux) and it was renamed publicly in December 2003 to what it is known as today.
CentOS is truly dead for vast majority of users, but there is new fork under way already. Took less than 12 hours to begin, which kind of impresses me. hpcng, #rockylinux on FreeNode.— Martin Millnert (@MartinMillnert) December 9, 2020
"After founding the project I led it until 2005 and I was responsible for all of its initial leadership, management, public outreach and partnerships during that period.
We all know why IBM did it. They want to force people off CentOS and either elsewhere to another Linux distro, or get them to pay for RHEL support and licensing.— christmas2016_passwords.xlsm (@da_667) December 10, 2020
The company's community manager Rich Bowen said CentOS Linux 8, as a rebuild of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8, would be decommissioned at the end of 2021.
Instead, Bowen said, "The future of the CentOS Project is CentOS Stream, and over the next year we’ll be shifting focus from CentOS Linux, the rebuild of Red Hat Enterprise Linux, to CentOS Stream, which tracks just ahead of a current RHEL release."
The announcement caused anger, frustration and annoyance among users of CentOS as this would essentially make it a testing ground for RHEL, rather than the same, apart from the lack of trademarks. A petition has been started on change.org, aiming to get the decision reversed.
Of the new project, Kurtzer wrote: "Rocky Linux is a community enterprise operating system designed to be 100% bug-for-bug compatible with Red Hat Enterprise Linux now that CentOS has shifted direction.
"Rocky Linux is a community enterprise operating system designed to be 100% bug-for-bug compatible with Red Hat Enterprise Linux now that CentOS has shifted direction"— Mars (@marstokt) December 10, 2020
Well, that was quick! Hopefully, I can migrate from CentOS 8 to #rockylinux in a few months.
"It is under intensive development by the community. Rocky Linux is led by Gregory Kurtzer, founder of the CentOS project. There is no ETA for a release. Contributors are asked to reach out using the communication options offered on this site."