Johnny Hughes announced last evening, March 7th, the immediate availability for download of the CentOS 5.8 Linux operating system.
CentOS 5.8 is available as an installable DVD ISO image (see download link at the end of the article) for both 32-bit and 64-bit architectures and it is based on the upstream release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.8.
Released within a week from the Oracle Enterprise Linux 5.8, the CentOS 5.8 distribution contains lots of updated packages, bugfixes and new functionality.
As usual with a new CentOS release, this one also includes packages from all Red Hat Enterprise Linux variants, including Client, Server, Clustering and Virtualization. The upstream software repositories have been combined into a single one for this release, helping end users to work easy with it.
Existing CentOS 5.x users can upgrade to the new CentOS 5.8 release via YUM, running the "yum update" command in root terminal window.
"Upgrading from CentOS-5.7 ( or CentOS-5.0/5.1/5.2/5.3/5.4/5.5/5.6): If you are already running CentOS-5.7 or any older CentOS-5 version then all you need to do is update your machine via yum by running : 'yum update'"
"Running 'yum list updates' before doing the update is recommended, so you can get a list of packages that are going to be updated." - said Johnny Hughes in the official release announcement.
Moreovoer, the CentOS 5.8 operating system was completely rebuilt using a brand-new build system and library checks, in order to confirm Red Hat Enterprise Linux binary compatibility.
CentOS is a community enterprise operating system, based on the Red Hat Enterprise Linux sources and available for the following architectures: Intel 32-bit, Intel IA-64 (Itanium 64-bit), 64-bit (AMD's AMD64 and Intel's Intel 64). Additionally, CentOS is a 100% free Linux distribution fully compatible with Red Hat Enterprise Linux.
Download CentOS 5.8 right now from Softpedia.