Community Update - May 2021

Rocky Enterprise Software Foundation


This has been a very exciting month for us. In the early hours of May 1, we published our release candidate for Rocky Linux 8.3. (If you haven’t yet, feel free to download that and get to testing it, and let us know about any bugs you find.) We established a new Testing team, and they’ve been busy putting the RC through its paces. We’re pleased that we’ve encountered so few bugs, which is a testament to the hard work our release engineering team did in putting it together.

We also saw Red Hat release RHEL 8.4 on May 18, and are very excited about preparing our release candidate of 8.4. As soon as it’s ready and testing is completed, we anticipate being able to announce the general availability of Rocky Linux 8.4 for production use. Keep a close eye out for the announcement of the 8.4 release candidate, which should be coming soon.

Since we’re heads down squashing bugs, building packages, and debugging, you might notice that this update is lighter than others.

Team Updates


Content Creators

Have some experience with video production and editing? Interested in contributing to Rocky Linux? We’re looking for some content creators within our community interested in making video for our YouTube channel.

Live content more your thing? We would love to have community members give talks on a particular technical topic, or share a project that shows off Rocky Linux.

Please reach out via the ~Community channel on our Mattermost server, or via email:


All of our channels have been migrated from Freenode to Libera.Chat, and are now bridged to our Mattermost server. You can find the bridge's channel mappings on the wiki.


Some new developments and initiatives are brewing within the Rocky documentation group.

  • We hosted this month’s team meeting/get-together on May 14, 2021.
  • Individuals within the documentation group have been exploring and working with the Rocky web development team to test other platforms for serving and managing the platform. Thanks to @FromOZ and @antoine for spearheading this effort.
  • We’ve had an uptick in the number of folks doing actual translations of existing Rocky Linux guides and as well as authoring brand new content in various languages.

Release Engineering

Now that RHEL 8.4 has landed, we’re working to build a release candidate. Rocky Linux 8.4 will be our first GA release. As a reminder we will not officially support an upgrade path from 8.3 RC to 8.4 GA, or from 8.4 RC to 8.4 GA.


If you’re interested in helping us test the Rocky Linux 8.4 RC, please join our Testing team! The Testing team meets weekly on Thursdays at 18:00 ET. There’s live chat on our Mattermost server, and durable discussion on our forums. Please be sure to report any bugs you encounter.


We welcome media inquiries and involvement! Please reach out to for interviews, quotes, information, inclusion on press releases, etc.

If you have any comments, questions, concerns, suggestions, or would like to help out, send a note to

The Rocky Enterprise Software Foundation