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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.

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Low Maintenance

Key features

CentOS STRENGHTS & WEAKNESSES

Strengths

Stability and low maintenance

With a focus on long release cycles and only including tried and tested software, CentOS is probably the most stable Linux distribution available.

RPM package manager

By sharing the RPM package manager with Red Hat and Fedora Linux, installing software and managing dependencies on CentOS is straightforward and handled automatically.

Secure

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.

CPanel compatible

CentOS fully supports CPanel, probably the most popular web hosting control panels for shared web hosts.

Weaknesses

Outdated software

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 For example CentOS 6 only officially supports PHP 5.3, which is no longer maintained.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.

No commercial support or certification

CentOS does not have official commercial support available - enterprises which require this are better suited to using RHEL.

No commercial support or certification

CentOS does not have official commercial support available - enterprises which require this are better suited to using RHEL.

No support for proprietary media formats

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.

Long periods between releases

CentOS users often have a long wait to receive official support for features introduced much earlier in RHEL releases.

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