They got ’er done! In a timely fashion and I haven’t seen any others getting their CentOSreplacement’ out…sure, a bunch of them are trying to attract former CentOS users to their own Distros, but I believe AlmaLinux OS 8.3 is first.

Did the – AlmaLinux 8.3 Beta is released – ‘Excellent job for a Beta!’ – post back on 2/04/2021, and that installation went well, but it wasn’t nearly as easy as this time. Will use some of the pics from that Beta installation here in order to save Media library space on the blog.

AlmaLinux OS 8.3 offers the option of being a Fulltime Linux Root User on your OWN home Desktop computer, which will move it into Karmi’s Top 10 Linux Distros whilst bouncing ‘Password Dependent’ Ubuntu Cinnamon Remix ‘n Pop!_OS outta ‘Da Top 10!

Ubuntu use to be my favorite Linux Distro…then I got tired of their annoying “Authenticate” popup/s or other ‘Pesky Passwords’ every time I opened an app and/or added an app and/or tried updating, etc. on my own home Desktop computers. Ubuntu writes – Migrating to Ubuntu LTS: six facts for CentOS users, in an attempt to attract those “no. 2 – CentOS chosen by 11% of working professionals.” Here’s how those “11%” responded to a survey by CloudLinux:

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Well, from what I am seeing in these early tests, the “Wait for another RHEL fork” respondents are going to be delighted!


Computers used in these tests:

I will be listing – 1)CM130’ AMD Ryzen™, 2)Apevia’ new Intel rebuild, and 3)Rose’ Intel without their links, but are linked here as a reference point when needed.

1)CM130’ AMD Ryzen™ 9 3900X installation took less than 5 minutes using a 120GB SSD.

1 CM130 about

2)Apevia’ Intel® i9-10900K installation took less than 5 minutes using a 120GB SSD.

2 Apevia about

3)Rose Intel® i7-8700 installation took less than 30 minutes using Sandisk 128GB Ultra Fit USB 3.1 (Note: full installations to a USB generally take a lot longer than to SSD).

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Workstation installation steps:

Download site is Here. I went with the 8.59GB AlmaLinux-8.3-x86_64-dvd ISO…the others seem to be for servers and/or the cloud. I went with balenaEtcher to create the ‘Live’ USB media. It’s a large ISO so you will need a large USB…32GB USB has worked best for me.

The Anaconda installer’s “Summary” page looks like this:

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System Installation Destination will need to be selected, selecting to Delete the partitions, and then selecting to Reclaim that space. From old examples:

install 4 delete all

install 6 reclain space

From the “Summary” page I then go to Root Password page and set it…I leave User Creation alone.

From “Summary” page I then select Software Selection which leads here:

al 9 selections on 8.5GB iso

Selecting Workstation is enough, tho I usually add some Additional Software, e.g. today I added Gnome Applications, Office Suite and Security Tools (not shown in old pic).

At that point all the Red Highlighted options should be gone, so you can Begin Installation. I like my permanent Linux Distros installed to USB’s – see Linux ‘n USB Flash Drives for more info, but SSD’s are faster all-round. One of the few advantages many Linux Distros have over Win10 is portability, and in my case that means USB installations.

After installation is finished, it will reboot to some more options…accept License agreement, then it goes into a Desktop Welcome window which ends with “About You” and a user password. Its ready to use then, but I reboot and go to the Welcome screen Login window:

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Select “Not Listed?” which goes here:

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Where you can login as a Fulltime Linux Root User. Then I start doing all the updating, adding, tweaking, etc. inside the root section. The standard ‘Password Dependent’ user has been created, but I never use it after that.

CentOS ‘n CentOS Stream ‘n now AlmaLinux OS are all stable Workstation/Desktop OSes that can be used for home ‘Desktop Duty’ on your own computers.

It automatically installs the correct Linux GPU drivers for Nvidia using the Nouveau CodeName. I easily install the actual Nvidia GPU drivers on Fedora, but CentOS ‘n that AlmaLinux Beta are/were just too difficult…I didn’t even bother with it this time since the Nouveau drivers work fine. You can see the ones being used under Graphics in the above “About” pics I posted earlier.

I also added the GNOME Shell Extensions, then Dash to Panel, and then Arc Menu (the ## UNMAINTAINED ## one) for that clean Windows and/or Cinnamon DE look.

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(That’s from the Beta post in order to save space in Media Library, but looks the same.)

More pics and info in old AlmaLinux 8.3 Beta is released – ‘Excellent job for a Beta!’ and will also be adding AlmaLinux OS 8.3 to the Karmi’s Top 10 Linux Distros page. Impressive job!!!

LINUX IS LIKE A BOX OF CHOCOLATES – you never know what you’re gonna get!