It's not really a function of Redhat being bought out. You and I looked at the relationship between RHEL and CentOS as mutually beneficial, but the case could be made that a small fraction of CentOS installs would otherwise be RHEL licensees. That outlook may now hold sway in the corner office. Indeed, although I wasn't aware of the breadth of their knowledge. Lots of other vendors layer their special sauce on top and don't need to tangle with the underlying distribution infrastructure. Rocks strikes me as being in this camp. The speed with which Almalinux was deployed is a promising indicator of the rapidity with which Cloudlinux (eventually Almalinux' independent infrastructure) will roll out fixes and releases matching the latest from upstream. I'm guessing compatibility is strong, but I'm still interested in hearing from people who've used it in the field. Ideally, both Rocky and Almalinux will be contenders and the world will have two quality horses in the stable.