The new version of CentOS 8.1 is now available that includes the news of RHEL 8.1

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CentOS (Community Enterprise Operating System) 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.

It is an operating system has the The objective is to offer the user free “business class” software. In addition, it is defined as robust, stable and easy to install and use.

What's new in CentOS 8.1 (1911)?

With the announcement of the new version of CentOS 8.1 (1911), in it sand introduce the changes from Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.1 and with which the distribution is fully compatible with RHEL 8.1.

Along with her, parallel editing continuously updated of CentOS Stream continues to develop, which provides access to the packages formed for the next interim release of RHEL (RHEL mobile version).

Also of the new features introduced in RHEL 8.1, The following changes can be observed in CentOS 8.1 (1911):

Of the most prominent include live kernel patching, as well as a new routing protocol stack called FRR which supports multiple IPv4 and IPv6 routing protocols.

It is also mentioned in the announcement that RHEL specific packages removed and redhat- *, insights-client, and Subscription-Manager-Migration.

Besides that the content of 35 packages has been changed, including: anaconda, dhcp, firefox, grub2, httpd, kernel, PackageKit, and yum.

It is also mentioned that a lot of work has been done on script processing for automatic reconstruction of RHEL package source texts during CentOS training.

Due to changes between RHEL 7 and RHEL 8 branches, many scripts stopped working y required adaptation to the new buildroot. Building CentOS 8.2 based on RHEL 8.2 is expected to be smoother and require much less manual work.

Of known issues that have not yet been fixed the following are mentioned:

  • When installing in VirtualBox, you must select the "Server with a GUI" mode and use a version of VirtualBox not earlier than 6.1, 6.0.14 or 5.2.34.
  • RHEL 8 is no longer supported on some hardware devices that may still be relevant. The solution may be to use the centosplus kernel and the iso images prepared by the ELRepo project with additional drivers.
  • The automatic procedure to add AppStream-Repo does not work when using boot.iso and installing over NFS.
  • An incomplete dotnet2.1 component is proposed on the installation media, so if you need to install the dotnet package, you must install it separately from the repository.
  • PackageKit cannot determine DNF / YUM local variables.

Finally, recommended for CentOS users who have not updated to the new version, do it now that this version replaces all the content previously published for CentOS Linux 8, in addition to that the updates made available to users contain all those collected to date.

Si you want to know more about it, you can check the note of the launch in the following link. 

Download and get CentOS 8.1 (1911)

If you have been interested in the new version of the distribution and want to try it on your computer or under a virtual machine. You can go to the official website of the project in which you can obtain the download link of the system image.

CentOS 8.1 (1911) versions are prepared on 7MB network boot 550GB DVD ISO images for x86_64, Aarch64 (ARM64), and ppc64le architectures.

The system image can be saved with Etcher (a multiplatform tool) on a USB stick.

The SRPMS packages, on the basis of which the binaries and debuginfo files were assembled, are available at vault.centos.org.

Now it is essential to know the system requirements To be able to run the system without problems or performance bottlenecks:

  • 2 GB of RAM
  • 2 GHz or faster processor
  • 20 GB hard disk
  • 86-bit x64 system

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