Maybe I’m jaded, but my observation from decades in this business is that it’s dominated by tightwads. CentOS started out as an independent project, just like Rocky Linux is now. It was a lack of support by the vast number of people using it that led to their accepting RedHat’s offer of “support.”
I mean, if everyone using CentOS on a commercial server had sent them a dollar a month, they never would have had to sell out to Red Hat, and none of this mess would have happened. But people in this business are, by and large, tightwads.
I have to give Greg a lot of credit for trying again; but frankly, I doubt he’s going to get enough support of the monetary kind to keep it independent. Needless to say, I hope I’m wrong about that.
AlmaLinux doesn’t need as many dollars because Igor takes in a lot of them selling CloudLinux and KernelCare. He also needs a reliable upstream source for CloudLinux, hence his throwing his company’s resources behind AlmaLinux. Even though AlmaLinux is free, he has a commercial interest in its success.
Which, of course, is enough to turn many people off. The open-source community has a large percentage of people who distrust profit-making businesses in general. Me, I’m an unapologetic capitalist pig. If Igor’s desire to make more money results in a good, stable, and reliable RH-compatible OS, more power – and money – to him.
My personal plan is to use and contribute to AlmaLinux because I have more confidence that it will still be around ten years from now. I also use KernelCare on all my servers, so Igor will make a few bucks on me that way.
But I’m also giving money to Rocky Linux because I want it to succeed even if I don’t personally use it. I don’t want it to go the way of CentOS.
For those of you who plan to use Rocky Linux, never lose sight of the fact that Greg’s giving y’all a second chance. If you don’t support him this time around, even if it’s only a dollar a month (or less if that’s huge money in your country), then you’re all a bunch of bums.