Rocky Linux Enterprise-Grade Stability

Open Source

Rocky Linux is a community-driven, free, and open source operating system based on RHEL. It was created with the goal of providing a reliable, well-tested, and predictable platform for the long term. Rocky Linux offers a rock-solid operating system that can be relied upon for enterprise, High Performance Computing (HPC) and mission-critical workloads, with a 10-year committed support lifecycle for each major release.

One factor that contributes to the stability of Rocky Linux is its adherence to open source standards and best practices. Rocky Linux’s source code is available for anyone to view, modify, and improve upon. 

The latest version of Rocky Linux solidifies its foundation with Peridot, a completely cloud-native build system. Peridot facilitates quick and seamless releases of Rocky Linux distributions, as well as routine maintenance, software updates, and security packages. This open source tool is fully available and free, ensuring reproducibility. 

By allowing community contributions and peer review, the code is subject to constant scrutiny and improvement, resulting in a more secure and reliable platform for both enterprise and HPC use. The development team has a strong commitment to transparency and open communication, which helps to quickly identify and resolve issues that arise.

Community-Owned and Industry-Backed

Rocky Linux belongs to a community of organizations, companies, and individuals, which is critical to its continued success and long-term stability as an open source project. CIQ is the official founding services partner and sponsor of the Rocky Linux project, offering escalation support and professional services to users from leading experts and Linux developers. While CIQ is heavily involved in this cutting-edge enterprise, Rocky Linux remains community-owned. 

Combined with broad industry support from the major players throughout the technology ecosystem, including Google Cloud, Amazon Web Services, and Microsoft Azure, Rocky Linux is a stable foundation to build and rely on for years to come.


Another aspect of Rocky Linux's stability is its focus on security. Security is a critical aspect of any operating system, and Rocky Linux has taken several measures to ensure that users have a secure and reliable platform. Rocky Linux is designed to receive regular updates and security patches, ensuring that the operating system is secure and stable at all times. Recently, Rocky Linux achieved the latest milestone in the FIPS 140-3 validation process: being named to the NIST Implementation Under Test List. This extensive validation process is being underwritten by CIQ as a gift to the community.

In addition, CIQ engineers, working with the Rocky Linux community, have released the Rocky Linux 9 errata subsystem as an open source project, fully integrated with the open source build system Peridot. The use of errata is a critical aspect in managing software supply chain security, as it provides the reporting necessary for transparency into the latest bug fixes, CVEs, functionality enhancements, and more, all in real time.

With its combination of stability, security, community support, and transparency, Rocky Linux is an excellent choice for users who are looking for a reliable and secure open source operating system.

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