As a desktop Linux user, I haven’t been supper attentive to the CentOS drama. The Rocky Linux FAQ explains the issue well:
Q: What do you mean, "CentOS has shifted direction?"
The CentOS project recently announced a shift in strategy for CentOS. Whereas previously CentOS existed as a downstream build of its upstream vendor (it receives patches and updates after the upstream vendor does), it will be shifting to an upstream build (testing patches and updates before inclusion in the upstream vendor).
Q: So where does Rocky Linux come in?
Rocky Linux aims to function as a downstream build as CentOS had done previously, building releases after they have been added to the upstream vendor, not before.
Rocky Linux is founded by Greg Kurtzer, who also founded CentOS.
The free and open source community always responds to change in smart, impressive ways.
Rocky Linux | GitHub