The release of a new version of the 7.x branch of CentOS, the new version being "CentOS 7.8" featuring some new tools, the default Wayland session, updates, and more.
For those unaware of CentOS (Community ENTerprise Operating System) should know that 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.
Main new features of CentOS 7.8
This new version of CentOS 7.8 llegacy based on RHEL 7.8 branch and with which many of the characteristics of this branch are integrated in this new version of the system.
For the part of the implemented changes we will be able to find a new tool called “Convert2RHEL” lwhich has been added to the system in order to offer an option to convert to RHEL systems using RHEL-like distributions such as CentOS and Oracle Linux.
Wayland's GNOME session is enabled by default for multi-GPU systems (previously X11 was used in hybrid graphics systems) and a security profile has been added that complies with DISA STIG (Defense Information Systems Agency) recommendations.
Another important change is the adding a new utility "oscap-podman" which is intended to scan the contents of the containers for the use of vulnerable versions of programs.
Regarding updates of the controllers, the of updated graphics that support Intel Comet Lake H and U (HD Graphics 610, 620, 630), Intel Ice Lake U (HD Graphics 910, Iris Plus Graphics 930, 940, 950), AMD Navi 10, Nvidia Turing TU116.
Of the other changes mentioned in the Centos 7.8 release:
- The mem_encrypt parameter was added to control the inclusion of AMD SME (Secure Memory Encryption) extensions.
- Added cpuidle.governor parameter to select processor idle state processor (cpuidle governor).
- Added the / proc / sys / kernel / panic_print option to configure the information to be displayed in the event of a system crash (panic state).
- Added the / proc / sys / kernel / threads-max parameter to determine the maximum number of threads that fork () can create. Added / proc / sys / net / bpf_jit_enable option to control inclusion of JIT compiler for BPF.
- Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 rpm packages are distributed through the CentOS Git repository (RHEL 8.x branch will be supported until at least 2029).
Finally if you want to know more about it about the changes implemented in this new version, you can check the details In the following link.
Download and get CentOS 7.8 (2003)
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 7.8 (2003) versions are prepared on 4.7MB network boot 595GB DVD ISO images for x86_64, Aarch64 (ARM64), and ppc64le architectures. Although a minimum image of 1 GB is also offered.
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