Last year, RedHat announced the end of long-term support for CentOS 8, which really came as a shock to the Linux community, especially those who depend on it for their server applications. Since then, other developers have started to fill this void by trying to provide the best alternative to CentOS, a leading cloud server operating system and hosting services for free. AlmaLinux and Rocky Linux are the best examples. I don’t think turning around for CentOS was a good idea as it not only spawns two new Redhat Linux clones that can be relied on, but more are in the works as well. And one of them is VzLinux.
Although VzLinuz seems like an outsider to the Linux community, however, it has been around for some time. It is
a Linux system maintained by Virtuozzo, a virtualization services company with a long history behind it. Virtuozzo, has over 20 years of experience in the virtualization space, so how come we’ve never heard of VzLinux?
This is because until now VzLinux has been used by Virtuozzo only internally as a guest operating system for containers and virtual machines. So, since it was not distributed through exterior doors, which is why we have never heard of VzLinux.
ISO VzLinux is now public for Dwonload
What has changed now? Why they made VzLinux public for anyone to download.
According to Maik Broemme, senior product manager at Virtuozzo – the enterprise Linux market so far dominated by CentOS, is finally moving away from it. Businesses and users are currently looking for the best CentOS alternative to power their server solutions. Thus, to fill this gap which extends its weapons on the market, one needs a reliable and durable solution. That is why the company decided to make VzLinux available to the public. He also said that Virtuozzo’s goal is simply to provide the industry with a free and viable alternative with seamless transition capabilities.
Virtuozzo describes VzLinux as “a free multipurpose distribution optimized to run on bare metal servers, virtual machines or containers. It is designed to support heavy-duty, professional-grade workloads and applications. A distribution for which Virtuozzo has already prepared the migration process from CentOS “without downtime“, and which it boasts of its updating speed compared to RHEL and compared to CentOS.
Well, the latest version of the Vzlinux distribution available for download is VzLinux 8.4 just like others that came out and a month later after RHEL 8.4 like Oracle Linux and Almalinux.
So, if we trust the experience of Virtuozzo and its stability in terms of activity, we can say that VzLinux is another good alternative to fill the void left by CentOS. However, another thing that matters is the availability of it on cloud services, where AlmaLinux is already present on AWS and maybe soon on other services. In such a scenario, it remains to be determined how many users and how popular it will get among the Linux community.