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CentOS Linux 6.0 Released 184

Posted by timothy
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dkd903 writes "The CentOS team just announced the availability of CentOS Linux version 6.0 for both i386 and x86_64 architectures. CentOS 6.0 is based on the upstream release of RHEL 6.0 (Red Hat Enterprise Linux) and includes packages from all variants."
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CentOS Linux 6.0 Released

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday July 10, 2011 @06:41PM (#36715014)

    I'm afraid that they dropped the ball so hard and far this time that I, and many others have already switched to Scientific Linux, which certainly seems a most suitable replacement.

    The political power BS and games played behind the delays were just so far beyond ridiculous for such an important project that it makes it untouchable IMHO. It is next to impossible to have any faith in their intentions or openness going forward.

    Which is a great pity.

  • by evilviper (135110) on Sunday July 10, 2011 @10:52PM (#36716616) Journal

    Considering 6.1 has been out for some time this is a bit of a non event, most people using CentOs have moved on.

    Quite the opposite. I was expecting it to be a non-event, too. Instead, reading the announcement, I found much to be excited about.

    First, while this is technically 6.0, the announcement specifically says the 6.1 updates will be going in to the rolling release branch right away, so when you do a "yum update" you'll get all the 6.1 goodness, in short order.

    Secondly, their plans for LiveCD images and minimal-install CD images in the next few days, which serve important niches and which Redhat didn't even provide with their release, are very exciting too, and fills a huge need.

    Besides that, companies are incredibly slow to upgrade their infrastructure anyhow. RHEL6 is a pretty major change, so people weren't rolling it out to their servers the day it was released. I know we're a fully paid-up RedHat shop and we haven't upgraded ANYTHING to RHEL6 yet.

    The CentOS folks stated their inability to commit enough resource to support both 6.0 and 5.6 releases simultaneously, and got an overwhelming number of requests to go for 5.6 rather than 6.0, so we already know what most people's needs really are.

    CentOS is basically a dead project to the majority of people who have moved on to more responsive distributions.

    Honestly, if anyone was so desperate for the new features in RHEL6, they would have jumped ship long before even the RHEL6 beta came out. RHEL5 was getting very long in the tooth, so if you had a real need for what's available now, why didn't you switch to Fedora 13, more than a year ago? Where are these people that desperately needed these updates 6 months ago, but didn't need them 18 months ago and were happy with RHEL5 until just recently?

    Really, a few (and I do mean a few, certainly not "the majority") impatient folks that didn't feel like waiting for a CentOS6 desktop to play with, aren't representative of anything. And if you did switch to SL6, RHEL6, or Fedora 13, it's just a repo change and a yum upgrade to go back to the CentOS packages.

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