Cen­tOS 7 now avail­able

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The Cen­tOS Project has an­nounced the gen­eral avail­abil­ity of Cen­tOS 7, the first re­lease of the free Linux dis­tro based on the source code for RedHat En­ter­prise Linux (RHEL) 7. It is the first ma­jor re­lease af­ter the col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween the Cen­tOS Project and Red Hat. Cen­tOS 7 is built from the freely avail­able RHEL 7 source code tree. The fea­tures closely re­sem­ble that of Red Hat’s lat­est op­er­at­ing sys­tem. Just like RHEL 7, it is now pow­ered by ver­sion 3.10.0 of the Linux ker­nel, with a de­fault file sys­tem. It is also the first ver­sion to in­clude a man­age­ment en­gine, sys­temd, dy­namic fire­wall sys­tem called the fire­walld, and the boot loader, GRUB2.

The de­fault Java Devel­op­ment Kit has also been up­graded to OpenJDK 7, and the sys­tem now ships with open VMware tools and 3D graph­ics driv­ers, out-ofthe-box. Also, like RHEL 7, this is the ver­sion of Cen­tOS that claims to of­fer an in­place up­grade path. Soon, users will be able to up­grade from Cen­tOS 6.5 to Cen­tOS 7 with­out re­for­mat­ting their sys­tems.

The Cen­tOS team has launched a new build process, in which the en­tire dis­tro is built from code hosted at the Cen­tOS Project’s own Git repos­i­tory. Source code pack­ages (SRPMs) are cre­ated as a side ef­fect of the build cy­cle, and will be hosted on the main Cen­tOS down­load servers.

Disc im­ages of Cen­tOS 7, which in­clude sep­a­rate builds for the GNOME and KDE desk­tops, a live CD image and a net­work-in­stal­lable ver­sion, are also now avail­able.

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