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10 Linux Distros You Need To Know

Wondering which Linux distribution is right for your organization? Check out our quick guide to find the distro with the features and capabilities you need.
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CentOS

CentOS is basically the community-run free version of RHEL. It's a rebuild of the same source code, with some minor variations in the build environment (causing differences in binary packages) and QA processes. Most importantly, support is provided by the open community (as opposed to RHEL, for which Red Hat provides enterprise-grade support). 

CentOS is suitable for open-source projects like OpenStack, which require a stable platform with selectively updated components. It provides a base for experiments with open-source cloud, storage, network, and infrastructure technologies on a reliable enterprise-grade platform.

Recommended hardware configuration:

For CentOS 7: 1-GB/logical CPU, 10-GB hard drive space

Pros: Enterprise-grade, free, five years of free security updates

Cons: Latest updates of RHEL are not available immediately

Installation guidance

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(Image: centos.org)

CentOS

CentOS is basically the community-run free version of RHEL. It's a rebuild of the same source code, with some minor variations in the build environment (causing differences in binary packages) and QA processes. Most importantly, support is provided by the open community (as opposed to RHEL, for which Red Hat provides enterprise-grade support).

CentOS is suitable for open-source projects like OpenStack, which require a stable platform with selectively updated components. It provides a base for experiments with open-source cloud, storage, network, and infrastructure technologies on a reliable enterprise-grade platform.

Recommended hardware configuration:
For CentOS 7: 1-GB/logical CPU, 10-GB hard drive space

Pros: Enterprise-grade, free, five years of free security updates

Cons: Latest updates of RHEL are not available immediately

Installation guidance

Download link

(Image: centos.org)

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4/6/2015 | 10:39:00 PM
CentOS was once an independent version
CentOS used to be a direct knock-off of Red Hat Enterprise Linux, slightly modified and redistributed. Then in early 2014, Karanbir Singh and a few CentOS staffers were hired by Red Hat to continue to produce the CentOS distribution, used by Oracle and others, but under supervision that would keep it from inadvertently damaging the Red Hat brand. Anyone have a different take on that development?

 

 
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