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CentOS

Last Update: 2017-01-17 02:04 UTC


CentOS as a group is a community of open source contributors and users. Typical CentOS users are organisations and individuals that do not need strong commercial support in order to achieve successful operation. CentOS is 100% compatible rebuild of the Red Hat Enterprise Linux, in full compliance with Red Hat's redistribution requirements. CentOS is for people who need an enterprise class operating system stability without the cost of certification and support.

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Average visitor rating: 8.8/10 from 5 review(s).


CentOS Summary
Distribution CentOS
Home Page http://www.centos.org/
Mailing Lists http://wiki.centos.org/GettingHelp/ListInfo
User Forums https://www.centos.org/forums/
Alternative User Forums LinuxQuestions.org
Documentation http://wiki.centos.org/
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Download Mirrors http://www.centos.org/download/
http://www.centos.org/download/mirrors/
Bug Tracker http://bugs.centos.org/
Related Websites WikipediaCentOS ItalyCentOS Thailand
Reviews 7.x: DarkDuckDedoimedoHTML.it (Italian) • LWNDedoimedo
6.x: DistroWatchZDNet BlogsLinuxBSDosDedoimedo
5.x: It's A Binary WorldHeitor Augusto Murari Cardozo (Portuguese) • BlogspotPolishlinux
4.x: Software in ReviewABC Linuxu (Czech) • Internet.com (Japanese)
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Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases, download links and checksums:
 • 2016-12-12: Distribution Release: CentOS 7-1611
 • 2016-05-25: Distribution Release: CentOS 6.8
 • 2015-12-14: Distribution Release: CentOS 7-1511
 • 2015-08-07: Distribution Release: CentOS 6.7
 • 2015-04-01: Distribution Release: CentOS 7-1503
 • 2014-10-29: Distribution Release: CentOS 6.6
 • 2014-09-30: Distribution Release: CentOS 5.11
 • 2014-07-07: Distribution Release: CentOS 7.0-1406
 • 2013-12-01: Distribution Release: CentOS 6.5
 • 2013-10-19: Distribution Release: CentOS 5.10
 • 2013-03-09: Distribution Release: CentOS 6.4
 • 2013-01-17: Distribution Release: CentOS 5.9
 • More CentOS releases...

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  • Colour scheme: green text = latest stable version, red text = development or beta version. The function determining beta versions is not 100% reliable due to a wide variety of versioning schemes.

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Feature 7-1611 6.8 5.11 4.8 3.9 2.0
Release Date 2016-12-12 2016-05-25 2014-09-30 2009-08-22 2007-07-27 2004-05-24
End Of Life 2024-06 2020-11 2017-03      
Price (US$) Free Free Free Free Free Free
CDs 1 DVD 2 DVDs 7 - 8 4 - 5 3 - 4 1
Free Download ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO
Installation Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical
Default Desktop GNOME GNOME GNOME GNOME GNOME GNOME
Package Management RPM RPM RPM RPM RPM RPM
Office Suite LibreOffice LibreOffice OO.o* OO.o* OO.o* --
Processor Architecture x86_64 i386, x86_64 i386, x86_64 i386, ia64, ppc, s390, s390x, x86_64 i386, ia64, s390, s390x, x86_64 i386
Journaled File Systems xfs ext3, ext4 ext3 ext3 ext3 ext3
Multilingual Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Asian Language Support Yes Yes Yes cn, jp, kr, tw cn, jp, kr, tw cn, jp, kr, tw
Full Package List 7-1611 6.8 5.11 4.8 3.9 2.0
Package 7-1611 6.8 5.11 4.8 3.9 2.0
abiword (3.0.2) -- -- -- -- -- --
alsa-lib (1.1.3) 1.1.1 1.1.0 1.0.17 1.0.6 -- --
ati-driver (16.40) -- -- -- -- -- --
bash (4.4) 4.2 4.1 3.2 3.0 2.05b 2.05b
bind (9.11.0-P3) 9.9.4 9.8.2rc1 9.3.4-P1 9.2.4 9.2.4 9.2.1
chromium (57.0.2987.110) -- -- -- -- -- --
cups (2.2.2) 1.6.3 1.4.2 1.3.7 1.1.22rc1 1.1.17 --
dhcp (4.3.5) 4.2.5 4.1.1-P1 3.0.5 3.0.1 3.0.1 2.0pl5
e2fsprogs (1.43.4) 1.42.9 1.41.12 1.39 1.35 1.32 1.26
firefox (52.0.1) 45.4.0 45.0.1 24.7.0 3.0.7 -- --
freetype (2.7.1) 2.4.11 2.3.11 2.2.1 2.1.9 2.1.4 2.0.3
gcc (6.3.0) 4.8.5 4.4.7 4.1.2 3.4.6 3.2.3 2.96
gimp (2.8.20) 2.8.16 2.6.9 2.2.13 2.0.5 1.2.3 1.2.1
glibc (2.25) 2.17 2.12 2.5 2.3.4 2.3.2 2.2.4
gnome-shell (3.24.0) 3.14.4 -- -- -- -- --
gnucash (2.6.15) -- -- -- -- -- --
gnumeric (1.12.34) -- -- -- -- -- --
grub (2.00) 2.02beta 0.97 0.97 0.95 0.93 0.90
gtk+ (3.22.11) 3.14.13 2.24.23 2.10.4 2.4.13 2.2.4 1.2.10
httpd (2.4.25) 2.4.6 2.2.15 2.2.3 2.0.52 2.0.46 --
inkscape (0.92.1) 0.91 0.47 -- -- -- --
k3b (2.0.3a) 2.0.2 1.0.5 0.12.17 0.11.14 -- --
kmod (24) 20 -- -- -- -- --
libgnome (2.32.1) 2.32.1 2.28.0 2.16.0 2.8.0 2.2.2 --
libreoffice (5.3.1) 5.0.6 4.0.4 3.1.1* 1.1.5* 1.1.0* --
linux (4.10.5) 3.10 2.6.32 2.6.18 2.6.9 2.4.21 2.4.9
Package 7-1611 6.8 5.11 4.8 3.9 2.0
lxde-common (0.99.2) -- -- -- -- -- --
mariadb (10.1.22) 5.5.52 -- -- -- -- --
mate-desktop (1.18.0) -- -- -- -- -- --
mesa (17.0.2) 11.2.2 11.0.7 6.5.1 6.8.2 4.3.0 3.4.2
mysql (5.7.17) -- 5.1.73 5.0.95 4.1.22 3.23.58 3.23.58
nautilus (3.24.0) 3.14.3 2.28.4 2.16.2 2.8.1 2.2.4 1.0.4
NVIDIA (378.13) -- -- -- -- -- --
openbox (3.6.1) -- -- -- -- -- --
openjdk (8u121) 8u102 1.7.0 1.7.0 -- -- --
openssh (7.5p1) 6.6.1p1 5.3p1 4.3p2 3.9p1 3.6.1p2 3.1p1
openssl (1.1.0e) 1.0.1e 1.0.1e 0.9.8e 0.9.7a 0.9.7a 0.9.6b
perl (5.24.1) 5.16.3 5.10.1 5.8.8 5.8.5 5.8.0 5.6.1
php (7.1.3) 5.4.16 5.3.3 5.1.6 4.3.9 4.3.2 4.1.2
plasma-desktop (5.9.4) -- -- -- -- -- --
postfix (3.2.0) 2.10.1 2.6.6 2.3.3 2.2.10 2.0.16 --
postgresql (9.6.2) 9.2.18 8.4.20 8.1.23 7.4.19 7.3.19 7.1.3
Python (3.6.1) 2.7.5 2.6.6 2.4.3 2.3.4 2.2.3 1.5.2
qt (5.8.0) 4.8.5 4.6.2 3.3.6 3.3.3 3.1.2 2.3.1
samba (4.6.1) 4.4.4 3.6.23 3.0.33 3.0.33 3.0.9 2.2.7
systemd (233) 219 -- -- -- -- --
thunderbird (45.8.0) -- 38.7.0 24.7.0 1.5.0.12 -- --
vim (8.0) 7.4 7.4 7.0 6.3 6.3 6.0
vlc (2.2.4) -- -- -- -- -- --
xfdesktop (4.12.3) -- -- -- -- -- --
xorg-server (1.19.3) 1.17.2 1.17.4 1.1.1 (6.8.2) -- --

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Version: 7-1611
Rating: 8
Date: 2017-01-23
Votes: 1


Centos is rock-solid, both on the server and the desktop. The distro has very long release cycles and is relatively secure (for instance, vulnerabilities are patched quickly and the distro runs with SELinux in enforcing mode by default).

The inevitable downside is that most packages are relatively old - and they get older over time. For instance, getting Drupal 8 to run on Centos is tricky. Drupal 8 requires PHP 5.5.9 or higher but Centos 6 ships with 5.5.3 and Centos 7 with 5.4.16.

Another thing worth mentioning is that Centos uses the Anaconda installer, which seems to be designed to deter people from installing the operating system. In particular partitioning is a nightmare (I find it works best by setting up your partitions before running the installer).

I would recommend Centos to people who are learning Linux system administration and/or who are simply looking for a distro that's stable and doesn't need to be reinstalled any time soon.


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Version: 6.8
Rating: 10
Date: 2017-02-16
Votes: 1


Good, stable choice for servers. Packages are sometimes little out of date, but rock stable. Recommended.


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Version: 7-1611
Rating: 7
Date: 2017-01-21
Votes: 0


Good distro for small servers.


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