While Rocky Linux is intended to serve as a complete binary-compatible release using the Red Hat Enterprise Linux source code, the project aims to provide a community-supported and production-grade enterprise operating system.
The first stable release, Rocky Linux 8.4 is based on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.4, with a conversion tool (migrate2rocky) that has been made available to help users easily migrate their existing Linux system to Rocky Linux.
What's the Major Features of Rocky Linux 8.4?
Rocky Linux 8.4 is based on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.4, and also feature some great security improvements, like the IPsec VPN by Libreswan which has been improved with TCP encapsulation support and security labels for IKEv2 protocol.
Also, there are several other updates which improve the memory management, along with technical changes that improves the memory allocation. Such as the slab memory controller that brings improvement in slab utilization, enabling shift in the memory accounting from the page level to object level.
Other upgraded features in Rocky Linux 8.4 include:
- Redis 6
- Python 3.9
- PostgreSQL 13
- SWIG 4.0
- Subversion 1.14
Additionally, the compiler tool sets have all been updated in Rocky Linux 8.4 and there is also support Error Detection and Correction (EDAC) kernel module that work with Intel 8th and 9th gen processors.
How to Download and Install Rocky Linux 8.4?
Rocky Linux 8.4 is now available for download from the official website, you can also choose from the container images available on the Docker Hub and Quay.io.
But note that the first ISO doesn't come with Secure Boot support, however, a new ISO is expected for release later which will include the Secure Boot.