Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 22nd Oct 2009 21:36 UTC
Red Hat The fourth update in the CentOS Linux 5 family is released. Highlights of the new release include a kernel-based virtual machine virtualization, alongside of Xen virtualization technology. The scalability of the virtualization solution has been incremented to support 192 CPUs and 1GB hugepages, GCC 4.4 and a new malloc(), clustered, high-availability filesystem etc. Grab a CD set from a mirror, and via BitTorrent 32bit, 64bit DVD. On a related note, if you are already running CentOS-5.3 or an older CentOS-5 distro, simply upgrade it over the Internet.
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doesn't mix with VMware Server 2
by echo.ranger on Fri 23rd Oct 2009 19:40 UTC
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Just a heads-up so someone else doesn't run into the quagmire I did. CentOS 5.4 and VMware Server 2.0 DO NOT WORK TOGETHER at the moment (CentOS being the host OS). The glibc update from 5.3 to 5.4 breaks VMware.

If you've got a 5.3 system and you're about to update, exclude glibc, glibc-common, glibc-devel, glibc-headers, and nscd (dependent) from your update in /etc/yum.conf. 5.4 also likes to install KVM and associated kernel modules by default (which is nice). The kernel modules also don't like VMware very much, so if you do run VMware Server than be sure to unload the kmod_kvm modules prior to starting VMware, otherwise VMs won't start.

Hopefully an update to VMware Server 2 will fix this soon, but keep this in mind in the meantime.

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