Finally on the last day of the year I migrated my Zoneminder CCTV/Plex physical server to Rocky Linux from CentOS 8 using the script from Rocky Linux https://docs.rockylinux.org/guides/migrate2rocky/ . Came back from a trip to Costco saw a reference to Linux and ding hey I still need to migrate away from Centos 8 since it will no longer be supported after today. I checked from my Rocky Linux VM that Zoneminder was in the Rocky Linux repos, then did my last update at Centos 8 rebooted and started my Rocky Linux migration after downloading the files from the Rocky Linux GIT repositories.
I have been using Rocky Linux for a few months on one of my VM’s and it seems to be keeping pace with the updates and kernel versions out there. I don’t have a VM testing out Almalinux https://almalinux.org/ yet but it seems solid from everything I have seen and I may start using that as another long term stable CentOS 8 alternative as well.
I currently am running Fedora 35 the latest version on my physical Linux workstation and will switch to Ubuntu on my older physical Linux workstation eventually to test out a few things. I have Windows 10 Workstation version on my other main physical workstation. I’ll switch my prior physical Windows 10 server over to gaming uses with a couple of other physical workstations I have but will make one a Linux gaming station as well.
My servers are running various flavors of Red Hat from CentOS 7 to Rocky Linux 8.5, except one running Windows Datacenter 2019 on. I have CentOS Stream 8, different versions of Fedora and Rocky Linux in my XCP-ng virtual environment. I will reintroduce a VMWare ESXi server on one of my C7000 blade servers eventually once I have the time. I like the XCP-ng for most of my virtual systems as I can do my hardware migrations and server migrations without added costs of licenses or scripts unless I feel like paying. Then of course I’m running FreeNAS on my NAS of FreeBSD origins and will eventually move to TrueNAS Core still consisting of FreeBSD. May test out TrueNAS Scale at a later time which has Debian as the base OS.
That is an overall of OS’ in my environment with Rocky Linux forecast as my main stable OS from this point into the future. My Plex and Zoneminder came up just fine so now it’s on to the next project!
Script checks your current repos, then packages plus runs updates all going quite smoothly (skipped to the end to miss all packages being updated and reinstalled) so you can see how painless the process is from a pure OS perspective absent of proprietary applications and other down time considerations of course.:
migrate2rocky - Begin logging at Fri 31 Dec 2021 02:16:31 PM PST. Removing dnf cache Preparing to migrate CentOS Linux 8 to Rocky Linux 8. Determining repository names for CentOS Linux 8..... Found the following repositories which map from CentOS Linux 8 to Rocky Linux 8: CentOS Linux 8 Rocky Linux 8 appstream appstream baseos baseos extras extras Getting system package names for CentOS Linux 8.......... Found the following system packages which map from CentOS Linux 8 to Rocky Linux 8: CentOS Linux 8 Rocky Linux 8 centos-logos-ipa rocky-logos-ipa centos-backgrounds rocky-backgrounds centos-gpg-keys rocky-gpg-keys centos-logos rocky-logos centos-indexhtml rocky-indexhtml centos-linux-release rocky-release centos-logos-httpd rocky-logos-httpd centos-linux-repos rocky-repos Getting list of installed system packages. We will replace the following CentOS Linux 8 packages with their Rocky Linux 8 equivalents Packages to be Removed Packages to be Installed centos-backgrounds rocky-backgrounds centos-gpg-keys rocky-gpg-keys centos-logos rocky-logos centos-indexhtml rocky-indexhtml centos-linux-release rocky-release centos-logos-httpd rocky-logos-httpd centos-linux-repos rocky-repos In addition to the above the following system packages will be removed: centos-linux-release centos-linux-release Getting a list of enabled modules for the system repositories. Excluding modules: libselinux-python:2.8 Found the following modules to re-enable at completion: container-tools:rhel8 httpd:2.4 javapackages-runtime:201801 llvm-toolset:rhel8 mariadb:10.3 nginx:1.14 perl-DBD-MySQL:4.046 perl-DBD-SQLite:1.58 perl-DBI:1.641 perl-IO-Socket-SSL:2.066 perl-libwww-perl:6.34 perl:5.26 php:7.2 python36:3.6 satellite-5-client:1.0 virt:rhel Running dnf update before we attempt the migration. Last metadata expiration check: 0:00:49 ago on Fri Dec 31 14:16:53 2021. Dependencies resolved. Nothing to do. Complete! Added rockyappstream repo from https://dl.rockylinux.org/pub/rocky/8/AppStream/x86_64/os/ Added rockybaseos repo from https://dl.rockylinux.org/pub/rocky/8/BaseOS/x86_64/os/ rockyappstream 19 MB/s | 8.7 MB 00:00 :
Complete! Subscription Manager found on system. If you're converting from a subscription-managed distribution such as RHEL then you may no longer need subscription-manager or dnf-plugin-subscription-manager. While it won't hurt anything to have it on your system you may be able to safely remove it with: "dnf remove subscription-manager dnf-plugin-subscription-manager". Take care that it doesn't remove something that you want to keep. The subscription-manager dnf plugin may be enabled for the benefit of Subscription Management. If no longer desired, you can use "subscription-manager config --rhsm.auto_enable_yum_plugins=0" to block this behavior. Some Subscription Manager certificates were restored to /etc/rhsm/ca after migration so that the subscription-manager command will continue to work: redhat-entitlement-authority.pem redhat-uep.pem If you no longer need to use the subscription-manager command then you may safely remove these files. Done, please reboot your system. A log of this installation can be found at /var/log/migrate2rocky.log