15 years of CentOS and the launch of CentOS 8.0 is already in the works

CentOS 15 birthday

On April 15, the 15th anniversary was celebrated from the birth of one of the Linux distributions that has become one of the great and preferred for use on servers, CentOS.

And is that the news and a short interview with Greg Kurtzer were published on the distribution blog, who was the original founder of the project, who delivered some motivational words.

About CentOS

For, those who do not know CentOS yet (Community ENTerprise Operating System) I can tell you that this is a free and open source Linux distribution designed for desktop and server computers. This system always is based on the latest versions of Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

For is a binary-level fork of the Red Hat Enterprise Linux RHEL Linux distribution, compiled by volunteers from source code published by Red Hat, the main difference being the elimination of all references to brands and logos owned by Red Hat.

Whose objective is to offer the user a free "business class" software. It is defined as robust, stable and easy to install and use.

CentOS turns 15

15 years sounds easy for many, but for an open source project the thing is different. Well, it was in 2004 that CentOS 2.0 debuted as a fork of RHEL 2 and since then CentOS has continued to build on RHEL sources.

It's also been five years since the CentOS developers joined Red Hat while still maintaining this.

And we can see this in the text of the CentOS blog post:

CentOS has had tough times and good times and has gone through a number of big changes throughout those years.

We think we've landed in a really great place in the last 5 years, as part of the Red Hat family of projects, and we're very excited about what is coming with CentOS 8 and the years to come.

Right now, we want to go back to see how we got to where we are now. We did this by going back and talking to some of the people who were involved in those early years, as well as some who joined the project later on.

Greg had the opportunity to very intentionally set the tone for the community by being welcoming and tolerant.

This was mainly because Greg had some very negative experiences with some of the very hostile communities in those early years.

As well other interviews were conducted with various developers. Interviews you can see in the CentOS blog post.

The link is this.

CentOS 8 coming soon

Regarding the launch of CentOS 8 not many details have been released, Well, this will be based on Red Hat 8 (which is in beta version).

CentOS does not create beta versions, so there will be no beta version of CentOS 8, so the CentOS 8 release will be with RHEL 8.0.

Moment We only know the details that will be in RHEL 8, of which some of them are expected for CentOS 8:

  • Stratis, a local storage manager, uses it to manage RAID, logical volumes, and file systems.
  • Wayland is the default display server.
  • SSSD is used to resolve local users and groups, rather than directly querying / etc / passwd.
  • The nftables framework supersedes iptables in the role of the default network packet filtering service.
  • Berkeley's Extended Packet Filtering feature (eBPF) is available as a technology preview for both networking and tracking.
  • XFS supports copying and writing of file extensions (useful for taking snapshots of individual files).
  • TLS 1.3 support.
  • NTP replaced by Chrony.
  • Bloat: IdM (Identity Management Domain), Cockpit.

What is clear is that CentOS 8 details to be released during Red Hat Summit 2019 which will be held next month in Boston, MA, from May 7-9.


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