In the last hours the presentation of a new version of CentOS has been made official, specifically CentOS 6.8, a distribution that is based on Red Hat Linux 6.8 and by extension, CentOS 6.8 has all the improvements that the other distribution has, although this also means that it also has an old but very robust kernel.
CentOS 6.8 uses kernel 2.6.32, a kernel that will have a great support, a maximum debugging and the support of XFS files with up to 300 Tb of capacity.CentOS 6.8 uses NetworkManager to manage the connections as well as we will have the SSLv2 protocol disabled by default for the SSSD.
CentOS 6.8 uses an old but very stable and secure kernel
The rest of the software that does not correspond to the strict use of the distribution is updated to its latest stable version, something that makes CentOS one of the most stable and robust distributions on the market and that is its philosophy. CentOS is a widely used distribution in the server world, as much or more as Ubuntu Server or Debian, since it offers maximum stability and robustness that is what any system administrator is looking for. Now it has come out a new version which is curiously based on another major distro, but unlike Red Hat Linux, CentOS is free.
If despite this, you want to use CentOS as a desktop distribution or any other purpose than server, there is a more updated version, with a more current kernel and more updated software than the one found in CentOS 6.8 but it is also more insecure, at least more insecure than this version.
CentOS is a good distribution, but I also think that part of the success is because its base comes Red Hat Linux, just like Fedora. In any case, if we use or have CentOS, we are recommended to go to the update command, a command that will take us to the last of the distribution as well as correct the bugs that the distribution may have.