The much-anticipated, next-generation release of CentOS is finally out. Emerged as CentOS 7, the operating system is based on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.3 and offers some advance features to deliver an upgraded server-computing experience.
CentOS Linux 7 (build 1611) is the replacement of the build 1603 that was released back in April 2016. The latest platform brings quite a few changes and new packages such as Qt 5, python-netifaces, python-gssapi, Pidgin and mod_aut_openidc. Also, the updated version supports several GNU/Linux technologies and file systems like kpatch, Btrfs, DNSSEC, OverlayFS, Ceph, Cisco VIC and usNIC kernel drivers and XZ compression as well as nested virtualisation support with KVM for users.
“This release supersedes all previously released content for CentOS Linux 7, and therefore we highly encourage all users to upgrade their machines,” CentOS maintainer Karanbir Singh wrote in a community announcement.
The new build is designed to support seventh-generation Intel Core i3, i5 and i7 processors, Bluetooth LE, SHA-2 for OpenLDAP, PerllO::Socket::SSL, EEC for OpenJDK 8 and virt-p2v. The update also brings some all-new drivers for graphics, network and storage.