CentOS is short for Community Enterprise Operating System. First released as a fork from Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) in 2004, is a Linux distribution that provides a free, enterprise-class, community-supported computing platform functionally compatible with Red Hat.Chat with a server expert
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With a focus on long release cycles and only including tried and tested software, CentOS is probably the most stable Linux distribution available.
By sharing the RPM package manager with Red Hat and Fedora Linux, installing software and managing dependencies on CentOS is straightforward and handled automatically.
SELinux is installed and active by default in CentOS 7. This provides fine grained control to security features found in the kernel, file and networking resources.
CentOS fully supports CPanel, probably the most popular web hosting control panels for shared web hosts.
Due to the CentOS focus being on stability, often newer versions of software are not available through official repos. For example CentOS 6 only officially supports PHP 5.3, which is no longer maintained. In these circumstances, additional repositories such as EPEL and Remi need to be added.
CentOS does not have official commercial support available - enterprises which require this are better suited to using RHEL.
CentOS only provides free and open-source software. Installing support for popular media formats or closed- source hardware drivers often require using the unsupported 3rd party rpmforge repository.
CentOS users often have a long wait to receive official support for features introduced much earlier in RHEL releases.
CentOS is a free and open-source linux distribution.
By default, we install the latest version of CentOS to your server. If you need a specific version, we also offer the option for you to install a custom OS using our KVM.
CentOS is the preferred operating system within the hosting industry due to extensive cPanel support for the OS.
CentOS version numbers for releases older than 7.0 have two parts, a major version and a minor version, which correspond to the major version and update set of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) used to build a particular CentOS release.
Starting with version 7.0, CentOS version numbers also include a third part that indicates the monthstamp of the source code the release is based on.
CentOS is designed for a slow release cycle and for enterprise workloads. As such, CentOS is more stable and secure because of that - it always uses stable (but older) versions of software.
CentOS is provided in Minimal, Everything, LiveGnome, LiveKDE and NetInstall images.
General use desktop users may find CentOS challenging and are probably best suited to a Linux distribution which officially supports popular multimedia formats such as Ubuntu.
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