Rocky Linux 9: The true successor to Linux CentOS

Deepak Gupta
Deepak Gupta July 15, 2022
Updated 2022/07/15 at 8:56 PM

In 2020 the Red Hat “killed” the CentOS Linux distribution. CentOS (Community enTerprise Operating System) was an Enterprise-class Linux distribution based on source code freely distributed by Red Hat and maintained by the CentOS project.

In place of CentOS was Rocky Linux and version 9 was recently released. Find out what’s new.

Rocky Linux 9 comes with GNOME 40

What was needed has arrived! Rocky Linux 9 is the new version of one of the most popular derivative distros of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL). Rocky 9 follows in the footsteps of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 9, offering the same new features as the company's enterprise version. That is, the same as AlmaLinux 9 or the latest Oracle Linux 9, the latest of the classics that remains up-to-date.

Rocky 9 ships with GNOME 40 as the default desktop environment. Apps, settings and user interface have been redesigned for easier use than ever before. The look and feel of Activities provides a better experience when working, launching an app, and organizing your personal workspace.

Rocky Linux 9: The true successor to Linux CentOS

It also comes with support for DAX on XFS for direct access to byte-addressable persistent memory, as well as the “eager write” option on NFS to help reduce latency.

In addition to GNOME 40, this new version comes with GCC 11.2.1, LLVM 13.0.1, Rust (1.58.1) and Go (1.17.1). Python 3.9, Node.js 16, Ruby 3.0.3, Perl 5.32, PHP 8.0, Rust 1.58.1, Go 1.17.1, and more. This new version will be supported until May 31, 2032. On the project page you can also read that Rocky 8 will be supported until May 31, 2029.

Rocky Linux 9

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