Rocky Linux is a community-driven, free, and open source Linux distribution that aims to provide a rock-solid, stable foundation for businesses, organizations, and individuals. It is built from the source code of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), which means that it inherits the stability and reliability of RHEL while being open and transparent in its development process.

One of the great things about Rocky Linux is the abundance of free community resources that are available to users. These resources include forums, mailing lists, IRC channels, and more, all of which provide users with a wealth of knowledge and support. Here’s a handy list of free community resources for Rocky Linux:

  • Rocky Linux Forums: The Rocky Linux Forums are a great place to ask questions, share knowledge, and get help with any issues you might be experiencing with Rocky Linux. The forum is moderated by a team of volunteers who are knowledgeable and eager to help.
  • General Chat and IRC: IRC and Matrix are common communication tools used in the open source community. Rocky Linux Mattermost, Libera IRC channels, and a Rocky Linux matrix space are bridged together to ensure the community can communicate effectively. The Rocky Linux teams manage and maintain the Mattermost channels, as well as the various Libera IRC channels such as #rockylinux and #rockylinux-social. A list of all channels can be found in Bridge Information on the left-hand side of the General Chat and IRC section of the Rocky Wiki page. Got a general question about Rocky Linux, such as “Can anyone suggest a USB wifi adapter that will work with Rocky Linux 9?” Post it to the Rocky Linux Mattermost Community Channel!
  • Rocky Linux Mailing Lists: There are several mailing lists available for Rocky Linux users, including a general discussion list, a development list, and a security list. These lists are a great way to stay up-to-date on the latest developments in the Rocky Linux community and to ask for help with specific issues. In addition, you can sign up for our CIQ newsletter on our blog page to get a weekly summary of product updates, events, CIQ news, and tips from our team of in-house experts.
  • Rocky Linux Documentation: Visit the Rocky Linux documentation website for detailed documentation on various aspects of the operating system, including installation, administration, and development. 
  • RESF Public Calendar: Check this RESF public calendar for Zoom links to the Rocky Linux Web Team, Testing Team, Community Meeting, and the Linux Cloud SIG meetings.
  • Live webinars: CIQ offers a treasure trove of live webinars and video shorts that can help you get started with Rocky Linux and learn how to use it effectively. 
  • Rocky BugTracker: Want to submit a bug? Head over to the Rocky BugTracker to view or post bugs.

While Rocky Linux offers a wealth of free resources, many who are putting Rocky Linux to work in mission-critical applications or software infrastructure need more. Looking for dedicated escalation support for Rocky Linux? At CIQ, we support people, not just sockets or cores. Reach out to CIQ, and let us demonstrate what this looks like and how we can help you!  When it comes to Rocky Linux, there is no deeper bench of technical resources anywhere in the world than CIQ. Whether you’re just getting started bringing Rocky Linux into your software infrastructure, or building an advanced High Performance Computing (HPC) cluster, we have experts available who can help you advance your mission, 24x7x365.

As you can see, there are many free resources available to the Rocky Linux community. You might want to bookmark our Rocky Linux Community Page, a handy and comprehensive reference guide where we’ll continue to update links to these various resources. These resources can help you learn to use Rocky Linux, troubleshoot, and get involved in the project, so be sure to take advantage of them.

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