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Special Interest Groups

Special Interest Groups are a core piece of the Rocky Linux community, in which various members of these groups can extend the Enterprise Linux experience, by way of packages, images, or other community engagement.

For the case of the wiki, Special Interest Groups are recommended not to have direct wiki pages, but instead maintain their own set of Git generated pages in the form of a wiki (such as with mkdocs or hugo).

This page and section will serve as an overview. See the SIG Guide section for specific information such as proposing a SIG, content management, and so on.

Current SIGs

This section goes over the current SIGs that may have sponsors and are active or has community interest.

Some that may be established with sponsors/members

SIG Purpose
Core Rocky Linux maintainers, packagers, and developers. It is primarily a mix of Release Engineering and Infrastructure.
Cloud Cloud images and infrastructure - May work upstream with Stream for openstack and others as well.
AI Rocky Linux Ecosystem for AI, ML, Data Science & BigData.
AltArch Maintains alternative architectures that are not directly supported by Rocky Linux or maintains devices of primary architectures such as the raspberry pi
Desktop Supports and maintains the desktop experience for Rocky Linux
Embedded Embedded Systems
Legacy Supports and maintains legacy hardware support for Rocky Linux
HPC Maintains High Performance Computing support for Rocky Linux
Hyperscale Hyperscale Computing
Security Extra security features and security-hardened override packages (replacing those from the main distribution) for Rocky Linux and other EL distros

Some that have community interest, but no direct sponsors yet

SIG Purpose
Database Databases of all shapes, sizes, and use cases
Kernel Kernels, mainline or otherwise
Leapp Focuses on the leapp framework to facilitate upgrades between major versions of Rocky

SIG Requirements

We expect SIGs to satisfy some basic requirements, such as:

  • The group should be related to Rocky, a use-case for Rocky or Enterprise Linux, or related to Enterprise Linux as a whole
  • There must be feedback and control into the Rocky community
  • All communication as to the work of the SIG should be public - Some matters may have to be private, and as such should be out of band
    • It is expected that each SIG will have a public channel as SIG/name in mattermost. Optionally an IRC or Matrix channel can also be assigned.
  • Code produced within the SIG must be compatible with a FOSS license presently used by Rocky - If a new license is wanted, consult with Release Engineering/Core or the ~Legal channel in mattermost.
  • All documentation and information of the SIG should be on a wiki produced in the RESF Git Service.
  • All documentation produced within the SIG must be a compatible documentation license
  • Groups should be aware/watchful of the direction from the Release Engineering team/Core as it can affect how SIGs operate if they are producing compiled software.

SIG Wiki

Each SIG should have a wiki that will have documentation for their particular group as well as information on how the group operates. Required information should be as follows:

  • An "about" section on the index that explains what the group does/a group description
  • Mission Statement
  • How to Contribute
  • Meeting Information (time, location, other information that they feel is important)
  • Policies and Resources, if applicable

SIG Membership and Participation

The following rules apply for SIG membership:

  • Mailing lists of SIGs are open and can be joined freely
  • SIG members are appointed/approved by SIG sponsors/leaders - The sponsors/leaders typically have write permissions to relevant wikis and git repos
  • SIG sponsors/leaders may be asked to be a mailing list moderator
  • SIG channels will be public under a name such as SIG/name with an optional IRC and Matrix channel to be bridged.
  • Optionally: define if work with CentOS Stream will be applicable for the SIG

SIG Reporting

SIGs are expected to report at least quarterly, with a brief summary of what they've accomplished. A suggested outline:

  • Membership update (members joined or parted, sponsor/leader changes)
  • Releases in the current quarter (or previous quarter if no releases)
  • General activity or health report
  • Issues to address within the SIG

Joining a SIG

Joining an established Special Interest Group should be simple. Each SIG will have its own process and outlines. Please see sponsors or other members of the Special Interest Group you're interested in if a wiki or other documentation is not available.



Purpose: Account Services maintains the accounts for almost all components of the Rocky ecosystem

Technology: Noggin used by Fedora Infrastructure

Contact: ~Infrastructure in Mattermost and #rockylinux-infra in Libera IRC


Purpose: General projects, code, and so on for the Rocky Enterprise Software Foundation.

Technology: Gitea

Contact: ~Infrastructure, ~Development in Mattermost and #rockylinux-infra, #rockylinux-devel in Libera IRC


Purpose: Packages and light code for the Rocky Linux distribution

Technology: GitLab

Contact: ~Infrastructure, ~Development in Mattermost and #rockylinux-infra, #rockylinux-devel in Libera IRC


Purpose: Users can apply to be a mirror to host Rocky content (SIG or the base operating system)

Technology: MirrorManager 2

Contact: ~Infrastructure in Mattermost and #rockylinux-infra in Libera IRC


Purpose: Users can subscribe and interact with various mail lists for the Rocky ecosystem

Technology: Mailman 3 + Hyper Kitty

Contact: ~Infrastructure in Mattermost and #rockylinux-infra in Libera IRC

Last update: 2023-12-04