Started as a replacement for the recent demised CentOS 8 and as a one-to-one binary compatible fork of RHEL 8, Alma Linux OS stable version was released on Tuesday, 30th of March 2021. Built by the team at CloudLinux, the Alma Linux OS stable release is now available in Azure Marketplace as well, thanks to the work done by engineers at ProComputers.
This is a minimal Alma Linux 8 image, mainly used as a common base system on top of which other appliances could be built and tested. It contains just enough packages to run within Azure, bring up a SSH Server and allow users to login.
Azure Linux Agent, cloud-init, as well as the Alma Linux 8 security updates available at the release date are included.
Root login is disabled and only the user account specified at launch time (or the default cloud-user) is allowed to connect, preferably using ssh public key authentication.
Built using Alma Linux 8 'Minimal Install' group of packages and a single 30 GiB OS disk. Both root partition and the corresponding filesystem are automatically extended during boot if the selected disk size is bigger than the default one. OS disk is partitoned using GPT (GUID Partition Table) instead of MBR (Master Boot Record). This allows usage of OS disks bigger than 2 TiB in size.
This image comes with SELinux enabled.
Accelerated Networking is supported as well.