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AlmaLinux is a leading replacement for CentOS, which IBM discontinued in 2020. Codenamed Emerald Puma, AlmaLinux 9 continues CentOS's version numbering and is a member of the distribution family based on Fedora and a community-developed clone of Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

AlmaLinux is primarily an enterprise-grade distribution. Accordingly, although AlmaLinux 9.0 includes enhancements such as new wallpapers, its major new features are more server oriented, with enhancements for cloud and container development and improved SELinux performance and user authentication logs. Other major additions include packages and repositories signed with the new RPM-GPG-KEY-AlmaLinux-9. The minimal image further enhances security by allowing users to choose their packages, rather than relying on a curated list of features.

AlmaLinux is recommended for former users of CentOS, enterprise installations, and those who want a more polished version of Fedora without the registration required for Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

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