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Last Update: 2023-01-30 01:12 UTC

CentOS as a group is a community of open source contributors and users which started in 2003 and has been sponsored by Red Hat since 2014. CentOS Linux versions up to CentOS Linux 8 are 100% compatible rebuilds of Red Hat Enterprise Linux, in full compliance with Red Hat's redistribution requirements. In 2020 it was announced CentOS Linux is being discontinued and replaced with CentOS Stream, a developer-focused distribution which acts as a middle-stream between Fedora and Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

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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
Documentation http://wiki.centos.org/
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Download Mirrors http://www.centos.org/download/
Bug Tracker http://bugs.centos.org/
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Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases announcements with download links and checksums:
 • 2021-12-03: Distribution Release: CentOS 9
 • 2021-11-16: Distribution Release: CentOS 8.5.2111
 • 2021-06-04: Distribution Release: CentOS 8.4.2105
 • 2020-11-13: Distribution Release: CentOS 7.9.2009
 • 2020-06-16: Distribution Release: CentOS 8.2.2004
 • 2020-04-28: Distribution Release: CentOS 7.8.2003
 • 2020-01-16: Distribution Release: CentOS 8.1.1911
 • 2019-09-24: Distribution Release: CentOS 8.0.1905
 • 2019-09-17: Distribution Release: CentOS 7.7.1908
 • 2018-12-04: Distribution Release: CentOS 7-1810
 • 2018-07-03: Distribution Release: CentOS 6.10
 • 2018-05-10: Distribution Release: CentOS 7-1804
 • More CentOS releases...

 • 2021-12-31 CentOS Linux 8 reaches its end of life
 • 2021-03-08 Downgrading CentOS
 • 2020-12-08 CentOS Linux being phased out in favour of Stream
 • 2020-11-03 CentOS 6 nears end of life
 • 2020-08-05 CentOS discusses user survey results
 • 2020-07-07 CentOS to gain optional real-time packages
 • 2020-06-04 CentOS team answers questions from the public
 • 2019-09-24 How CentOS Stream fits with Fedora and RHEL
 • 2019-05-10 CentOS publishes roadmap to 8.0
 • 2019-02-27 CentOS turns 15
 • More CentOS headlines...

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Feature 9 8.5.2111 7.8.2003 6.10 5.11 4.8 3.9 2.0 Feature
Release Date 2021-12-03 2021-11-16 2020-04-27 2018-07-03 2014-09-30 2009-08-22 2007-07-27 2004-05-24 Release Date
End Of Life 2021-12 2021-12 2024-06 2020-11 2017-03       End Of Life
Price (US$) Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Free Price (US$)
Image Size (MB) 7800-8000 700-10300 500-10000           Image Size (MB)
Free Download ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO Free Download
Installation Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Installation
Package Management Flatpak, RPM (dnf) Flatpak, RPM (dnf) RPM (yum) RPM RPM RPM RPM RPM Package Management
Release Model Semi-Rolling Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Fixed Release Model
Office Suite LibreOffice LibreOffice LibreOffice LibreOffice OO.o* OO.o* OO.o* -- Office Suite
Processor Architecture aarch64, ppc64le, x86_64 aarch64, ppc64le, x86_64 x86_64 i386, x86_64 i386, x86_64 i386, ia64, ppc, s390, s390x, x86_64 i386, ia64, s390, s390x, x86_64 i386 Processor Architecture
Init Software systemd systemd systemd Upstart SysV SysV SysV SysV Init Software
Journaled File Systems xfs xfs xfs ext3, ext4 ext3 ext3 ext3 ext3 Journaled File Systems
Multilingual Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Multilingual
Asian Language Support Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes cn, jp, kr, tw cn, jp, kr, tw cn, jp, kr, tw Asian Language Support
Full Package List 9 8.5.2111 7.8.2003 6.10 5.11 4.8 3.9 2.0 Full Package List
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Version: 9
Rating: 5
Date: 2023-08-31
Votes: 0

Beware that starting from 9, this is "Stream", a preview of RHEL.

While it might be perfectly useful if you want to preview RHEL, this is no substitute for the old CentOS Linux that was discontinued. For starters, Stream's support appears to be 5 years, instead of the 10 years we had with CentOS Linux. Also: there are no minor releases so the disk images are continuously rebuild. Finally, Red Hat advises to NOT use this in production.

If you want a good substitute for what CentOS Linux was, I'd rather recommend Alma Linux or Rocky Linux.

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Version: 9
Rating: 8
Date: 2023-08-28
Votes: 1

Although Centos 9 Stream is upstream of RHEL, I found it to be every stable. Installation (GUI) was straightforward. Interestingly, it offered a number of security options at install (under "security profile"). I chose one of the simpler ones. This gave me the impression that security is a high priority for CentosStream.

Software choice can be easily increased with EPEL & RPM Fusion. It's a feasible option as a daily driver workstation distro.

Pros: Easy installation, very stable, security-focused, reasonably quick with XFCE, provides, in some cases, a preview of RHEL

Cons: Older software, uses gnome as default desktop environment, systemd, limited software choice out of the box

I prefer a linux distro with more up-to-date packages, so I'm now using Fedora. However, Centos 9 Stream is a very stable enterprise-class linux distro which can be suitable for a home PC with a few tweaks. In addition, it is quite focused on security, which may appal to some users.

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Version: 9
Rating: 10
Date: 2023-06-13
Votes: 5

Great distro if you want something between Rhel and Fedora. I personally use all 3 for my home lap setup, laptops, and desktops. The installer is flexible and allows you to install a lean minimal server or full desktop, your choice. Have been using stream since it came out and can't remember ever having a problem, no hangup, no nothing, can honestly say it is as reliable as Rhel. All the 1 star reviews are obviously from windows users who don't know much about Linux and my advice to them is go with Ubuntu and spend a couple of years learning Linux then come back and then you will be able to appreciate what Centos has to offer.

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