The CentOS Linux distribution is a reliable, easy to manage and predictable software platform that derives from the Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL). This software solution is continuously expanded thanks to the numerous community that supports this project. By offering a clear governance model, increased access and transparency, the CentOS developer encourages other communities to come together and start building on the CentOS Linux platform. A roadmap containing different variants of the CentOS Linux core will be published in the near future.
Starting since March 2004, CentOS has been a community-powered Linux distribution built on the base of source code freely granted by Red Hat. Thanks to this, CentOS Linux is practically compatible with Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL). Packages are mainly changed for removing upstream vendor artwork and branding. This software is completely free to download, use and redistribute.
This software platform is developed and maintained by a small team of core developers which are supported in turn by a large and active user community. The community includes network administrators, administrators, managers, Linux contributors, and Linux enthusiasts from all over the Globe.
This free and community-driven project consists of a software solution that was designed with the purpose of ensuring a base platform for various open source developer and communities to build upon. The CentOS team will offer a development framework for cloud providers, scientific data processing and the hosting community. The CentOS developers are working with various developer communities in order to assist them in layering and distributing their software with increased efficiency on a reliable platform.
There are several variants. A variant is a a special edition of CentOS Linux distribution that starts with the core and then will supplement or replace certain subsets of packages.This may include replacing of an important series of subsystems, including networking and everything down to the kernel.
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