For CentOS users who like me on 8.5 and not quite sure what to do after EOL… all the panic in the media 6 months ago quite funny, driving the hype up fuelled by new forks and what not. Today, even one of the founders who started Rocky recently said: ‘ah I get it now’ - it is actually better. Anyway, not joining the debate about if/what scenario. You can visit other sites for that.
The obvious choice was to switch to RHEL as it’s now free, 16 servers plenty for my use and I like the OS. Many providers don’t have RHEL iso/auto install, can do it manually but that wasn’t the point. Many online guides using the converter from CentOS to RHEL - useless. They fire up a blank virtual container, run the script and then say ‘this is how you do it’. Completely bonkers, I wonder how many actually converted a production server with real data and reviewed implications. Script does work but you may also need to ‘patch up’ various services afterwards. Which I found out later.
My way out of EOL:
I am actually not doing RHEL, free or not. I always got tired of outdated packages and at times its clunky way of dealing with innovative solutions. Instead, I am moving to CentOS Stream 9. In other words, the updates posted to CentOS Stream are identical to those posted to the unreleased minor version of RHEL. Debian/Ubuntu etc never an option for me, guess I got traumatised when younger and since then stayed away.
If you are on CentOS 7/8. Don’t want to move to RHEL. Give CentOS Stream 8/9 a test (for real). I think it’s worth the test at least. You get stability along with newer packages - what I wanted in the first place. Anyway, just a little hello from one CentOS user to another.