Review: CentOS - A Decent RHEL alternative
I have recently come across CentOS. The distribution is developed by the cAos Foundation, and its name stands for Community Enterprise Operating System.
From their website: "It is a rebuild of Redhat Enterprise Linux that conforms fully with Redhat's redistribution policy and aims to be 100% binary compatible." Differences lay mainly in artwork, CentOS closely tracks RHEL releases and updates.
Yet another GNU/Linux distribution you may argue. Yes, there is Fedora Core for those who wish to use a Red Hat like, but community based operating system. Fedora however is not to be considered a stable distribution (I must point out that I have not had a problem with it, and its 3rd release is still running on my girlfriend's laptop with frequent updates and without problems) but a testbed for technologies that will eventually make it into future Red Hat Enterprise Linux releases. CentOS on the other hand offers RHEL quality, and - not an unimportant aspect - free of charge.
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(Submitted by LinuxTimes Fri Feb 11, 2005 )
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