Introducing CentOS Stream 10: Fully Signed RPMs for Enhanced Security

On 6 June 2024, The CentOS Project unveiled the first composition of CentOS Stream 10, with all RPMs being fully signed. This release represents a major milestone in the development of the next generation of the Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 10 operating system.

A year ago, Red Hat unexpectedly restricted access to its source code. Since then, CentOS Stream has become the upstream project for RHEL, now the only public source for Red Hat Enterprise Linux code.

Essentially, CentOS Stream acts as a preview and staging area for what will eventually become RHEL 10. It plays a crucial role in the Linux ecosystem, giving developers and system administrators an early look at the future of Enterprise Linux.

Importantly, the CentOS Stream repositories also serve as the foundation for other distributions, like AlmaLinux and Rocky Linux, to build their RHEL-based versions.

CentOS Stream 10: Now Featuring 100% Signed RPMs

Contributors and users should be aware that CentOS Stream 10 is still in its early stages of development. The package composition is continuously evolving, with new additions and removals happening regularly. Since not all packages are fully integrated into the gating system, updates may not always be consistent or complete.

The project is also reorganizing package repositories and updating composition groups to better meet users’ needs and align with the upcoming features of RHEL 10. Despite these changes, community involvement is encouraged.

At this stage, CentOS Stream 10 repositories do not have a full mirror network, limiting access and usage. This early release is primarily aimed at developers on the project’s development mailing list.

For those with access, the existing repository configuration, provided by the “centos-stream-release” package, allows for package installation and updates directly from the compose.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 10 is expected to be released around mid-2025. In the meantime, you can explore the ongoing developments in the repositories. If you’re eager to try out CentOS Stream 10, the installation ISO images are available for download, giving you a sneak peek at what the final version will include.

Keep in mind, that this is still in the very early stages, and many packages will change before the final version is released next year.

Source Information: CentOS Stream 10 compose with 100% signed RPMs

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