Package support for AlmaLinux 8 / RockyLinux 8

Since CentOS 8 went end-of-life, Icinga decided to drop package support for free RHEL 8 derivates. This means that people using Icinga on boxes with distributions such as AlmaLinux and RockyLinux are left without updates.

The official blog post suggests this might only be temporary, seeing as they write:

But not everything is bad. There are very promising alternatives to CentOS Linux arising. Rocky Linux and AlmaLinux are getting more and more attention. We’re monitoring the situation to decide if we can justify the efforts to build packages for those operating systems in the future. Our decision process is mainly driven by the adoption rate and requests from users and customers.

As most other widely adopted Linux server distributions such as CentOS 7, Ubuntu and Debian are supported with package repositories, one would expect also support for EL 8 derivatives. Not having packages available for these Linux distributions hinders Icinga implementations, makes them insecure, and possibly drives (frustrated) users away from Icinga. I personally don’t think this is a good idea.

As there are already processes in place to publish packages for RHEL 8 and Fedora Core 34, one would expect it would be hardly any effort at all to also build packages for “EPEL” 8. What does Icinga need from the community to get this going?

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Hi @prupert,

packages for RHEL 8 are only available via paid subscription. There are currently no plans to build dedicated packages for RockyLinux, AlmaLinux, OracleLinux, CloudLinux, SpringdaleLinux or any other derivative of RHEL.