Software comparison Ubuntu server 22.04 LTS vs CentOS Stream 9 head-to-head

The following article compares two different and very popular for servers Linux distros with Ubuntu Server 22.04 LTS (Jammy) and CentOS Stream 9. These are the latest versions released in the past month. Bear in mind, that they have different release cycle, but the these are the system with log support up to 2032! The two Linux distors Ubuntu Server 22.04 LTS (Jammy) and CentOS Stream 9 support is till 2032! Here is the links to their life cycle and what kind of support could be expected in the time frame of 10 years:

In the Desktop world upgrading to the new and latest version of a Linux distribution is almost mandatory, but in the server world, upgrading is more complicated. The first step in updating a server is to check what software versions come with the new distribution version and then check whether the running custom (application) software supports the software versions. For example, updating to a new distribution version, which comes with PHP 8.1, but the current application supports only 7.4 is not very wise and in addition, the current version may have years of support in the future.

Lately, with the virtualization and container software and it is more common to choose a long-living Linux distribution for the host and more short-living with bleeding edge technologies for the guest environments. So check out the Fedora 36 Server Edition articles in the site – Minimal network installation of Fedora 36 Server, Software and technical details of Fedora Server 36 including cockpit screenshots and the comparison software table between Ubuntu 22.04 LTS and Fedora 36 Server EditionSoftware comparison Ubuntu server 22.04 LTS vs Fedora 36 server edition – head-to-head.

Software comparison table – Ubuntu 22.06 LTS vs CentOS Stream 9 (20220606.0) as of June 2022:

SoftwareUbuntu 22.04CentOS Stream 9
Support10 years (April 2032)10 years (31.03.2032)
Linux kernel5.
GNU GCC9.4.0
Go lang1.13.8
MySQL server8.
Xorg X server1.
Gnome Shell42.040.10

For more detailed overview the two systems check out the following articles – Software and technical overview of Ubuntu server 22.04 LTS and Software and technical details of CentOS Stream 9 minimal install.

Copy of the Life cycle plans of Ubuntu server 22.04 and CentOS Stream 9 (Red Hat Enterprise Linux 9) of the official sources only for time-freeze feature:

Ubuntu 22.04 LTS
CentOS Stream 9 (RHEL 9)

Software and technical details of CentOS Stream 9 minimal install

This article is for those of you who do not want to install a whole new operating system only to discover some technical details about the default installation like disk layout, packages included, software versions, and so on. Here we are going to review in several sections what is like to have a default installation of CentOS Stream 9 using a real not virtual machine!
Here are some useful URLs:

How to install CentOS Stream 9Network installation of CentOS Stream 9 (20220606.0) – minimal server installation
The kernel is 5.14.0 it detects successfully the Threadripper 1950X AMD and the system is stable (we booted in UEFI mode).
The installation procedure uses default options for all installation setups – Network installation of CentOS Stream 9 (20220606.0) – minimal server installation


With CentOS Stream 9 (20220606.0) you could have

  • linux kernel – 5.14.0 (5.14.0-109.el9.x86_64)
  • System
    • linux-firmware – version: 20220509, release: 20220509-126.el9.
    • libc – 2.34 (2.34-32.el9)
    • systemd – 250-7 (250-7.el9)
    • GNU GCC – 11.3.1 (gcc-11.3.1-2.el9)
    • OpenSSL – 3.0.1 (3.0.1-33.el9) and 1.1.1k (compat-openssl11-1.1.1k-4.el9)
    • coreutils – 8.32 (8.32-31.el9)
    • yum – deprecated and replaced with dnf
    • dnf – 4.12.0 (4.12.0-2.el9)
    • rsyslog – 8.2102.0 (8.2102.0-105.el9)
    • NetworkManager – 1.39.6 (1:1.39.6-1.el9)
  • Servers
    • Apache – 2.4.53 (2.4.53-2.el9)
    • Nginx – 1.20.1 (1.20.1-10.el9)
    • MySQL server – 8.0.28 (8.0.28-1.el9)
    • MariaDB server – 10.5.13 (10.5.13-2.el9)
    • PostgreSQL – 13.7 (13.7-1.el9)
  • Programming
    • PHP – 8.0.13 (8.0.13-1.el9)
    • python – 3.9.10 (3.9.10-2.el9)
    • perl – 5.32.1 (5.32.1-479.el9)
    • ruby – 3.0.3 (3.0.3-159.el9)
    • OpenJDK – (, ( and (
    • Go – 1.17.5 (1.17.5-1.el9)
    • Rust – 1.61.0 (1.61.0-1.el9)
    • llvm – 14.0.0 (14.0.0-2.el9)
    • Subversion – 1.14.1 (1.14.1-5.el9)
    • Git – 2.31.1 (2.31.1-2.el9.2)

Note: Not all of the above software comes installed by default. The versions above are valid as of June 2022, these are the minimal versions you get with CentOS Stream 9 (20220606.0) now and updating it after the initial date may update some of the above packages with newer versions.

Installed packages are 376 occupying 1.6G space:. Note, this is CentOS Stream 9 Minimal Install, not server or server with GUI.

[root@srv ~]# dnf list installed|wc -l
[root@srv ~]# df -h /
Filesystem               Size  Used Avail Use% Mounted on
/dev/mapper/cs_srv-root   70G  1.6G   69G   3% /

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Network installation of CentOS Stream 9 (20220606.0) – minimal server installation

Minimal net install is useful when a dedicated server is installed from a IPMI KVM or Dell iDRAC, HP iLO, IBM IMM or where the initial client side download of files need to be minimal.
CentOS Stream 9 is receives the updates before Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) and there is no versioning except the major release, which is 9. So the CentOS Stream 9 receives the updates for Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 9. On monthly or less basis CentOS community releases a stable ISO with a temporary time version like this one CentOS Stream 9 (20220606.0).

Continuously delivered distro that tracks just ahead of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) development

Here are some useful URLs:

For amd64 the net of CentOS Stream 9 install bootable media is located here (now the current latest release is 20220606.0, but you may check the last release. for the time you follow this howto):

Note there is no minimal CD for offline installation. Boot CD is to just boot and make “network installation” installation and there is a big fat DVD of 8.1 Gbytes to install offline.

Software details of CentOS Stream 9 minimal install could be found here – coming soon. Technical details of a default CentOS Stream 9 (20220606.0) minimal installation
There is a previous major release installation article – How to do a network installation of CentOS 8 (8.0.1950) – minimal server installation

Download it and put it on a CD or USB, the boot from it and follow the steps bellow:

SCREENSHOT 1) If you booted from the DVD you would get this first screen – select “Install CentOS Stream 9” and hit Enter

main menu
Start installation

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