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"We are pleased to announce the immediate availability of CentOS 6.0 for i386 and x86_64 architectures. CentOS 6.0 is based on the upstream release EL 6.0 and includes packages from all variants. All upstream repositories have been combined into one, to make it easier for end users to work with. There are no CD images being released with CentOS 6, however we have some CD variants in the pipeline. Since upstream has a 6.1 version already released, we will be using a Continuous Release repository for 6.0 to bring all 6.1 and post 6.1 security updates to all 6.0 users, till such time as CentOS 6.1 is released.
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Enterprise-class OS for free
Took a bit of setting up
A recent survey showed CentOS to be the most popular distro for web-servers. So how does it fare on a desktop?
The 64-bit version comes on 2 DVDs, but the 32-bit version is squeezed onto one. Unfortunately, that one has to be a DVD-, which is a bit irritating if you only have DVD+/-. The installer gives the choices of a minimal CLI install; basic, web, or database server; minimal, full, or development desktop. I tried all three desktops and every time I landed up in a console after re-booting, with no explanation in the logs of what had happened to the GUI. Finally I discovered the problem was that each time I had used the ‘customise now’ option to add extra items. If you do this, it reverts to a minimal install, and you need to select every category of software you want.
Once a successful installation was achieved, it all worked. The programs were not the latest versions, but they were very sound versions: not one left a warning when run from the command line. The website has excellent documentation, including instructions for safely using the EPEL and RPMFusion repositories. If you want a stable system for free, especially if you want the Gnome desktop, this is it.