CentOS 6.6 / 7.0-1406

An open source Linux operating system based on the Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) sources

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What's new in CentOS 7.0:

  • Since the upstream EL7 release, there have been some updates released - - these have been built and are being pushed to the CentOS mirror network at the moment. They will be available within the next 24 hrs. - From this point on we will aim to deliver all updates within 24 to 48 hrs of upstream releases.
  • For the first time, this release was built from sources hosted at git.centos.org, however srpms being a byproduct of the build and also considered critical in the code and buildsys process are being published to match every rpm we release. Sources will be available from vault.centos.org in their own dedicated directories to match the corrosponding binary rpms. Since there is far lesser traffic to the source rpms compared with the binary rpms, we are not putting this content on the main mirror network, however if users wish to mirror this content they can do so using the reposync command available in the yum-utils package. All source rpms are signed with the same key used to sign their binary counterparts.
  • CentOS 7.0-1406 introduces a new numbering scheme that we want to further develop into the life of CentOS-7. The 0 component maps to the upstream realease, whose code this release is built from. The 1406 component indicates the monthstamp of the code included in the release ( in this case, June 2014 ). By using a monthstamp we are able to respin and reissue updated media for things like container and cloud images, that are regularly refreshed, while still retaining a connection to the base distro version.
  • In order to facilitate Special Interest Groups to further extend the CentOS Linux platform, we are also using component codes. The main distro is, therefore, titled 'Core'. SIGs would be able to adopt any name they need and deliver that by overriding the base centos-release rpm.
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CentOS is an open source, community-supported and enterprise-ready distribution of Linux based on the publicly available sources of the commercial and highly acclaimed RHEL (Red Hat Enterprise Linux) operating system.

Besides being based on Red Hat, the project is also fully compatible with the award winning enterprise Linux distribution. Key features include active development, easy maintenance, open management, community infrastructure, and open business model.

The distribution is suitable for long term use in production environments, deployed as a server. It provides users and package maintainers with a friendly and familiar environment, as well as long-term support of the core and commercial support (offered by a partner vendor).

Availability and boot options

It is distributed as two installable-only DVDs, as well as minimal and netboot CD ISO images. Supported hardware platforms include the standard 64-bit (x86_64) and 32-bit (i386). In addition, Live CDs are also available for download separately on Softpedia.

The default desktop environment used in CentOS is powered by the GNOME project, providing users with a user-friendly and familiar graphical session that pleases even the most discerning eye.

Default applications

Among the included applications and packages, we can easily mention the LibreOffice office suite, Mozilla Firefox web browser, GIMP image editor, Inkscape vector graphics editor, K3b CD/DVD burning software, Vim text editor, and Mozilla Thunderbird email client.

Server-oriented packages include the Apache web server, MySQL and PostgreSQL database server, OpenSSH and OpenSSL tools for encrypted communication sessions, Perl, Python and PHP programming languages, Postfix email server, and Samba network sharing framework.

As expected, the project provides support for multiple languages, and comes with built-in support for well known file systems, including EXT3 and EXT4.

Bottom line

Summing up, CentOS is a stable, reproducible, easy to maintain and supported Linux distribution specifically engineered to be deployed on enterprises' local servers, as well as behind firewall protections to secure sensitive data.

CentOS was reviewed by , last updated on November 29th, 2014

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