On July 9th, Karanbir Singh announced the immediate availability for download of the CentOS 6.3 operating system for both 32-bit and 64-bit architectures.
The CentOS 6.3 Linux distribution is based on the acclaimed Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.3 distribution, bringing all its features, with which it is 100% binary compatible.
[admark=1]As usual with a new CentOS release, version 6.3 contains various improvements and bug fixes, such as the LibreOffice office suite, the virt-p2v and virt-v2v tools, and it removes the matahari API set for operating system management.
"We have decided not to follow the UOP's usage of Installation Codes. All 'channels' are available to the System Administrator at time of installation," the release notes stated.
The CentOS 6.3 Linux operating system also includes packages from all variants, even if it is based on the upstream Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.3 release. Moreover, the developers combined all of the upstream repositories into a single one, making things easier for all end users.
Users of older CentOS releases, like CentOS 4 or CentOS 5, have no way of upgrading directly to the new CentOS 6 release. Therefore, the development team recommends a fresh install. This is not a CentOS limitation, it's a Red Hat EL one!
For fixed issues, modified packages, removed packaged, and newly added packages, as well as known issues and other information about the CentOS 6.3 release, please take a look at the official release notes.
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.
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