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14 September 2011, 10:49

CentOS 5.7 released

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The CentOS project has released version 5.7 of its Linux distribution. CentOS, like Oracle Linux and Scientific Linux, is a clone of the Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) sources with the same version number; the release notes explain some minor differences.

CentOS 5.7 is available via mirrors and bit torrents (DVDs for x86-32/x86/i386 (direct download) and x86-64/x64 (direct download) systems) and offers all the advancements of RHEL 5.7, which was released on 21 July. Advancements include optimised KVM and Xen virtualisation as well as new and improved drivers to support current hardware.

Since mid-August, the CentOS project has released "Continuous Release (CR)" package repositories containing RHEL 5.7-based security fixes and other improvements for CentOS 5.6. Such a repository was originally also planned for CentOS 6.0, but so far has not materialised. With the CentOS 6 family, the developers are lagging behind the original even further than they did with series 5 – Red Hat released version 6.1 of its Enterprise Linux in mid-May and will probably release a beta of RHEL 6.2 soon.


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