CentOS releases version 7.0 of “fundamental changes” free




CentOS developers behind the project have released version 7.0 of the Linux Monday Distribution almost three years after the previous major release. They argue that this release some “fundamental changes” entails compared to previous versions.

CentOS logo This concerns in particular the implementation of the systemd daemon, the GNOME 3 desktop environment and the xfs filesystem. Other startling changes are switched to GRUB 2 bootloader, the implementation of OpenJDK 7 as the Java Development Kit and an updated Linux kernel, with the slightly outdated version 3:10 in this release is concerned. Additionally CentOS 7.0 offers according to the release notes support UEFI.

Developers behind the project tested the new version three weeks before the final was released. The 64bit DVD image of CentOS is available immediately, so-called interest groups can work on separate versions for example OpenStack, Xen4 and Gluster now.

CentOS, a free Linux distribution which is popular on servers, use the source code of the commercial Red Hat Enterprise Linux distro. The company behind the latter took the CentOS project early this year. Since then gives three distributions from Red Hat: Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Fedora and CentOS. As CentOS Fedora has a bug tracker and release cycle. Alternatives to Scientific Linux and CentOS are Oracle Linux.


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