The CentOS development team has announced
the first beta release of CentOS 5 for i386 and x86_64. See the release
for more information about the beta.
According to the CentOS website,
"CentOS is an Enterprise-class Linux Distribution derived from
sources freely provided to the public by a prominent North American
Enterprise Linux vendor. CentOS conforms fully with the upstream vendors
redistribution policy and aims to be 100% binary compatible. (CentOS mainly
changes packages to remove upstream vendor branding and artwork.) CentOS
The prominent North American vendor is Red
Hat, but the Red Hat legal department defends the Red Hat trademarks
and requires that all mention of that trademarked name be absent from the
CentOS site and software. However, it's no coincidence that CentOS
releases follow closely after those prominent EL releases.
Of the various EL clones that showed up a few years ago, CentOS has done an
exceptional job of attracting developers and users and keeping up with its
upstream parent. Security advisories are posted regularly to the
centos-announce mailing list.
CentOS supports i386 and x86_64 hardware and there are mailing lists available
in English, Czech, German, Spanish, French, Dutch and Brazilian Portuguese.
Looking down the road a ways it looks like there is some possibility for
collaboration between Fedora and CentOS. See this thread
on centos-devel which looks at the Fedora EPEL (Extra Packages for
Enterprise Linux) project. This project is still quite young but some
packages are available for
download and testing. The epel-devel-list
is available for EPEL development discussion.
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