Enterprise Linux Log

Apr 13 2007   9:26AM GMT

CentOS 5 goes live


CentOS Red HatDesktopLinux.com has the scoop on CentOS 5, which was released this week. It features the GNOME desktop and a 2.6.18 kernel. CentOS is basically Red Hat Enterprise 5 without the branding or certification and support. The distro is based on the upstream release of RHEL 5 and includes packages from all variants, including Server and Client. All upstream repositories have been combined into one.

Major changes in CentOS 5 compared to CentOS 4 include:

  • numerous updated software versions
  • better desktop support with Compiz and AIGLX
  • virtualization provided by the Xen hypervisor with Virtual Machine Manager and libvirt
  • simplified construction of user profiles

Standard features include:

  • Pidgin (formerly GAIM) 2.0 beta 5 messenger
  • OpenOffice.org 2.0.4
  • Thunderbird email client
  • GIMP 2.2.13 graphics editor

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