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CentOS 6.4 6.4
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3 20577 10-09-2013
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Description: "We are pleased to announce the immediate availability of CentOS 6.4 install media for i386 and x86_64 architectures. CentOS 6.4 is based on the upstream release EL 6.4 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 many fundamental changes in this release, compared with the past CentOS 6 releases, and we highly recommend that everyone study the release notes as well as the upstream technical notes about the changes and how they might impact your installation. Everyone who has centos-cr repositories enabled and in use would already be running CentOS 6.4 as of two weeks ago."
Keywords: Redhat-based upstream-repositorie-combined

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Old 04-23-2013, 09:09 AM   #1
Registered: Apr 2003
Distribution: Oracle Server 7-1511/ Princeton IAS, 7.2
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Would you recommend the product? yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 9

Pros: compatibility with EL 6, multimedia support, productivity apps
Cons: slightly slow performance, repo troubles

CentOS 6.4 follows upstream vendor's 6.4 version of enterprise linux. It is easy-to-use, stable and packed with productivity applications and developer tools. Unlike Scientific linux, CENTOSdoes not include proprietary codecs out of the box. This simply means that repositories for EPEL, ATrpms and Adobe need to be activated soon after the system is installed.

This is really not a problem at all becausae packagekit( shipped with CentOS) will automatically search and install required codecs once ATrpms(or another repository) is enabled.

Therein lies the trouble. Repositories meant for EL do not always play nice with each other. Atrpms often has earlier versions of packages that are available elsewhere (i.e. rpmfusion, livna). This creates a situation that is somewhat like the dependency struggles experienced before the days of yum and up2date. This is fine if you only need EPEL for your system but home users wishing to use multimedia applications must use either ATrpm or rpmfusion/livna.

Overall, CentOS is a masterwork and its stability is a great seling point that places it above most other desktop systems. At every point, it is clear that CentOS has been extensively tested and patched until the highest level of stability has been achieved. Like vanilla debian, a new release is not made available until it is ready and the final version may be supported for up to 15 years (or whenever the Upstream Vendor chooses to curtail support). This is a great system for those who wish to use their computers for production purposes (office users, students, home users) and who like the peace of mind of a well-supported distro that does not need a reinstall every 6 months.

CentOS runs slower than most other modern linuces and has somewhat less support for alternative desktops like XFCE, IceWM and others, so I reduced their rating from 10 to 9 stars. Overall, this is a great system that is stable, full-featured
Old 07-05-2013, 10:17 AM   #2
Registered: Jun 2012
Distribution: Centos 6 & Fluxbox
Posts: 86

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Would you recommend the product? yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 9

Pros: Stability,Great support, Enterprise class, Rpmbuilds, RHEL, Easy compilations
Cons: No bleeding edge software

Centos 6 is probably the best free Linux system available, largely because of it's compatibility to RHEL. The support is there for pretty much everything if you know where to look and in it's minimal incarnation, (I use it with just Fluxbox, Thunar and Rxvt) it is very fast, much faster than the equivalent Ubuntu, Debian etc. The multimedia support is actually fine with codecs for everything freely available. It is easy to find information on pretty much all aspects because you not only have Centos but also RHEL documentation. The repos work together if you set up yum priorities properly and there is now quite a substantial choice available. Dropping it down to a server is quick and it performs well. Centos 6 has pretty much all you need, not just in Server or Desktop mode but as an all encompassing computing workstation.
You can put it on Netbooks, Laptops et al and get it up and running quickly. The Live version is great for rescues or quick boot ups and detects wireless connections easily.
There are others of course but Centos 6 takes some beating for a free Linux distro.
Old 10-09-2013, 05:27 AM   #3
Registered: Feb 2010
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Would you recommend the product? yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 7

Pros: stable
Cons: Some problem while run in VM Player

I am very happy with the distro even it works fine in 1Gb memory in virtual machine.But i found some problem in network problem in VM Player.


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