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The importance of updating customers about major changes is critical. And we have an important announcement for all our customers with Lightbits CentOS-based deployments.

As you may be aware, CentOS 7 is set to be discontinued by the CentOS community in 2024. In light of this, we have successfully transitioned our Lightbits product to Alma Linux and RHEL (Red Hat Enterprise Linux). This transition will bring several benefits and improvements to our users, but it also means changes for CentOS users.

Starting from November 1st, 2023, Lightbits will no longer provide support for installations on CentOS distributions. While we understand that many users have relied on CentOS for their Lightbits deployments, it is necessary for us to align our focus and resources with the officially supported distributions.

Although we won’t offer dedicated support for CentOS, we will still provide limited assistance to systems that continue to run on CentOS after the specified date. However, it’s important to note that Lightbits will not actively test newer versions of our software on CentOS, and Linux kernels used in CentOS will no longer receive updates from Lightbits.

For existing CentOS users, we recommend planning your migration to RHEL or AlmaLinux in a timely manner. This will help ensure uninterrupted access to the latest Lightbits features, security patches, and updates. We understand that migration can be a complex process, and our support team will be available to assist you during this transition.

We appreciate your understanding and cooperation as we navigate this change together.

Update: In a significant announcement on June 21, 2023, RedHat made the decision to discontinue public access to the RHEL source code, affecting other RHEL-based distros (including AlmaLinux). We are closely monitoring these developments to ensure alignment with the best path identified by the enterprise Linux ecosystem. Stay tuned for updates as the situation unfolds.

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