Rocky Linux 8.9

The Rocky Enterprise Software Foundation (RESF) is on a roll! The RESF released Rocky Linux 9.3 last week, followed by Rocky Linux 8.9 this week! (In case you were wondering, the RESF release schedule follows the order of the RHEL releases.) As the founding support and services partner for Rocky Linux, we’d like to send a big shoutout to our team as well as the entire developer community for all their hard work on this 8.9 release for the x86-64 and aarch64 architectures. It features significant new features and changes that we’ll highlight in this blog post. 

You can now download Rocky Linux 8.9 for x86-64 and aarch64 architectures from the Rocky Enterprise Software Foundation website. Be sure to review the release notes in the Rocky Linux 8.9 documentation before you get started, which includes important information about known bugs and changes. 

Notable new features and changes

  • java-21-openjdk was introduced, providing a new version of Java
  • Node.js 20 is now available as a new module stream
  • gcc-toolset-13 was introduced as a new compiler toolset

You can find a complete list of new features and changes in the Rocky Linux 8.9 Release Notes.

Breaking changes

  • Azure images for Rocky Linux 8.9 will be published under a new publisher name: resf, instead of the previous long, unreadable name. These images are not published yet, but should be available by the end of the week and will be accompanied by another news post.
  • The optional guest-agents group, previously available within both the Minimal Install and Custom Operating System base environments in anaconda, is no longer available for selection as additional software for those environments. Consult release notes for more details.
  • The KDE live image for Rocky Linux 8.9 had problems during the testing phase. For this, we will be providing the older 8.8 images until we can build and provide a working image.

Special Interest Group (SIG) notes

Testing

Rocky Linux releases undergo thorough testing to ensure correctness and stability. Testing consists of hundreds of manual and automated checks, covering all manner of environments and configurations.

Rocky Linux 8.9 was subjected to a week of testing before receiving the team’s approval. Testing logs, discussion, and the release checklist can be viewed here.

Upgrade and conversions

Current users of Rocky Linux 8 can upgrade to 8.9 from the terminal via dnf update, or from the desktop with GNOME Software, KDE Discover, etc.

Users of other Enterprise Linux 8 distributions can upgrade and convert to Rocky Linux 8.9 via the migrate2rocky conversion script.

A group effort

Thank you, again, to all of the Rocky Linux project volunteers and leads for their efforts in producing, testing, and documenting this release! We encourage anyone who wants to help to join the team on chat.rockylinux.org. Other ways to participate or learn more about the process include the forums, IRC on Libera.Chat, Reddit, and RESF mailing lists.

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