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Information on change of end of life for CentOS 8

Dear Linux users,

CERN and Fermilab acknowledge the recent decision to shift focus from CentOS Linux to CentOS Stream, and the sudden change of the end of life of the CentOS 8 release. This may entail significant consequences for the worldwide particle physics community. We are currently investigating together the best path forward. We will keep you informed about any developments in this area during Q1 2021.

For more details on CentOS 8 and CentOS 8 stream, please see

Best regards, Ben Morrice for


CentOS 8.3 testing available

Dear Linux users,

We are pleased to announce that the updated CentOS 8 version:

      C 8.3 is available for testing
        as of Wednesday 2020-12-09

and will become the default C8 production version on:

          Wednesday 2021-01-06.

The list of updated packages can be found here:

For information about C8, including installation instructions please visit:

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Best regards, Ben Morrice for