Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 8th Jul 2014 21:23 UTC, submitted by Ari
Red Hat

The CentOS Project is pleased to announce the immediate availability of CentOS 7 for x86_64, including images for docker, and various cloud providers. There are many fundamental changes in this release, compared to previous releases of CentOS. Notably the inclusion of systemd, Gnome3, and a default filesystem of XFS. For more information about what makes CentOS 7 stand out, please see our release notes.

CentOS 6 can be upgraded to 7, but that functionality is still being tested.

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RE: Scientific Linux 7
by rklrkl on Tue 8th Jul 2014 22:04 UTC in reply to "Scientific Linux 7"
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Member since:
2005-07-06

I've personally never understood why we need more than one free clone of RHEL myself (ignoring that Oracle have a paid clone of it too!). CentOS 7 debuts new SIGs (similar to Fedora Spins) which points the way for those who want to produce a customised version of CentOS whilst benefiting from the CentOS infrastructure.

It makes me wonder if Scientific Linux might consider becoming a CentOS SIG in the future, since it's effectively a third-party SIG really (changed artwork/branding, customised set of packages included - all exactly what SIGs do).

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RE[2]: Scientific Linux 7
by evert on Tue 8th Jul 2014 22:14 in reply to "RE: Scientific Linux 7"
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2005-07-06

No, they rejected the SIG idea (and indeed did give it very serious consideration). There are pros and cons. They want the independence and a few tweaks for large computing farms. Maybe a SIG could work too, sure, it probably comes down to control and trust.

SL will be installed on *many* servers for serious computing work at Fermilab and CERN, so they cannot take (political) risks. The (tiny) risk being that CentOS will be more targeted to small server installations / testing.

For me, I just like the name and the artwork better ;-)

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RE[3]: Scientific Linux 7
by hughesjr on Wed 9th Jul 2014 01:37 in reply to "RE[2]: Scientific Linux 7"
hughesjr Member since:
2006-10-29

That is untrue, CERN is moving to CentOS:

http://bit.ly/TRtkcz

and the 2 CERN Linux Admins are joining the CentOS team to run the CentOS Community Build Systems, which is where SIGs will build packages:

http://bit.ly/U2mq4I

Scientific Linux Fermi has decided to continue their Scientific Linux distro though, yes.

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RE[3]: Scientific Linux 7
by hughesjr on Wed 9th Jul 2014 01:47 in reply to "RE[2]: Scientific Linux 7"
hughesjr Member since:
2006-10-29

And, 9 of the top 500 super computers in the world run CentOS ... that is PRETTY serious (2nd most named Linux distro in the top 500).

Actually, many more than 9, but 9 of the systems that list OS other than the Generic "Linux" use CentOS:

http://bit.ly/1qFiSEr

Several of the 410 machines that just list Linux are CentOS as well.

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RE[3]: Scientific Linux 7
by VistaUser on Wed 9th Jul 2014 02:07 in reply to "RE[2]: Scientific Linux 7"
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2008-03-08

Centos generally sticks to upstream = almost no updated packages.

Scientific Linux keeps the same base, but will potentially update some desktop packages at some point to keep pace with current releases, though base and other packages will remain the same as Centos/RHEL.

Edited 2014-07-09 02:09 UTC

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RE[3]: Scientific Linux 7
by allanregistos on Wed 9th Jul 2014 08:48 in reply to "RE[2]: Scientific Linux 7"
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2011-02-10

... risk being that CentOS will be more targeted to small server installations / testing...


That is false. Unless proven otherwise.

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RE[2]: Scientific Linux 7
by SeeM on Wed 9th Jul 2014 15:50 in reply to "RE: Scientific Linux 7"
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2011-09-10

I've personally never understood why we need more than one free clone of RHEL myself (ignoring that Oracle have a paid clone of it too!).


Sometimes I need RH clone fast. Scientific Linux helped a lot with their 6.0 release. Additionally I like Scientific repos with security and fastbugs updates, while CentOS has all on one bag.

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