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Release notes for Rocky Linux 8.9

You can find a complete list of most changes in the upstream release notes found here


You can upgrade from Rocky Linux 8.x to Rocky Linux 8.9 by running sudo dnf -y upgrade.


Several images are available along with the normal install images, including cloud and container platforms.

You can find more on the artifacts produced by the Cloud Special Interest Group, and information for how to get involved on the SIG/Cloud Wiki page.


To install Rocky Linux 8.9, head to the download page and download the version you need for your architecture.

The Rocky team release highlights

Breaking changes

  • The optional guest-agents group, previously available within both the Minimal Install and Custom Operating System base environments in anaconda, is no longer available for selection as additional software for those environments. If you require the guest-agents group, it is available in either the Server or Server with GUI base environments. If you install Minimal Install or Custom Operating System and still want guest-agents, you can do so by installing the package target directly in Kickstart, or by installing it with DNF after installation has completed (i.e., dnf install @guest-agents).

Live Images

  • The KDE live image for Rocky Linux 8.9 had problems during the testing phase. For this, we will be providing the older 8.8 images until we can build and provide a working image.

Major changes

For a complete list of major changes, see the upstream listing here.

Detailed next are highlights and new features from this release.

Installer and image creation

Enhancement to the AWS EC2 AMD or Intel 64-bit architecture AMI image to support UEFI boot, in addition to the legacy BIOS boot.


Listed below are security-related highlights in the latest Rocky Linux 8.9 release. For a complete list of security related changes, see the upstream link here.

  • OpenSCAP rebased to version 1.3.8.
  • ANSSI-BP-028 SCAP security profiles updated to version 2.0.
  • SCAP Security Guide now contains improved rules to provide more consistent interactive user configuration and the DISA STIG profile supports audit_rules_login_events_faillock.

Dynamic programming languages, web and database servers

For a detailed list of the changes in this category see the upstream link here.

  • Node.js 20 is now available as a new module stream.

Compilers and development tools

For details on the changes in this category see the upstream link here.

Updated performance tools and debuggers

  • Valgrind 3.21
  • SystemTap 4.9
  • elfutils 0.189

Updated performance monitoring tools

  • Grafana 9.2.10
  • grafana-pcp 5.1.1

Updated compiler toolsets

  • GCC Toolset 13 (new)
  • LLVM Toolset 16.0.6
  • Rust Toolset 1.71.1
  • Go Toolset 1.20.6

Known Issues

Many known issues exist in 8.9 including those related to:

  • Installer and image creation
  • Security
  • Software management
  • Shells and command-line tools
  • Infrastructure services
  • Networking
  • Kernel
  • File systems and storage
  • Dynamic programing languages, web and database servers
  • Identity management
  • Desktop
  • Graphics infrastructure
  • The web console
  • Virtualization
  • Supportability
  • Containers

Review the upstream listing for the complete details on these issues.

Reporting bugs

Please report any bugs you encounter to the Rocky Linux Bug Tracker. We also welcome you to join our community in any way you wish, be it on our Forums, Mattermost, IRC on Libera.Chat, Reddit, Mailing Lists, or any other way you wish to participate!