[GemStone-Smalltalk] GemStone on Alma Linux ?

Norm Green norm.green at gemtalksystems.com
Mon Sep 19 11:24:22 PDT 2022

Hi Johan,

GemTalk is planning support for both Rocky and Alma Linux. Since both 
distros assert binary compatibility with RH there should be no issues.
We currently have a Rocky 9 machine we've tested with and found no problems.


On 9/19/22 10:06 AM, Johan Brichau via GemStone-Smalltalk wrote:
> Hi all,
> Is anybody using Alma Linux (https://almalinux.org/) to run GemStone/S 
> 64 bit?
> We are a long-time user of CentOS, happily running GemStone/S 64 3.4.5 
> on it now, but with CentOS 7.9 being end of life in April 2024, we are 
> looking at alternatives together with our hosting provider.
> Our hosting provider normally supports Debian Linux, which is quite 
> different from CentOS, but they are now also proposing Alma Linux for 
> all CentOS users, like we are at Yesplan.
> After a couple of days, we already had all our current Ansible 
> playbooks for server management converted for Alma Linux.
> Moreover, GemStone/S 3.4.5 seems to run fine on this distribution at 
> first sight.
> I know this distribution is not in the GemStone compatibility table. 
> Though, Alma Linux does say it is binary compatible with RedHat.
> Maybe a long shot but I have to ask: is there any chance of evaluating 
> Alma Linux for the compatibility table and/or some things to execute 
> (other than running our setup) to find any issues myself?
> Thanks for any thoughts and answers!
> Johan
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