CentOS 8 Linux distribution is a stable, predictable, manageable, and reproducible platform derived from the sources of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL).
Since March 2004, CentOS Linux has been a community-supported distribution derived from sources freely provided to the public by Red Hat. As such, CentOS Linux aims to be functionally compatible with RHEL. They mainly change packages to remove upstream vendor branding and artwork. This Linux OS is no-cost and free to redistribute.
The Linux Operating System is developed by a small but growing team of core developers. In turn, the core developers are supported by an active user community including system administrators, network administrators, managers, core Linux contributors, and Linux enthusiasts from around the world.
Over the coming year, the CentOS Project will expand its mission to establish Linux OS as a leading community platform for emerging open source technologies coming from other projects such as OpenStack. These technologies will be at the center of multiple variations of CentOS, as individual downloads or accessed from a custom installer. Read more about the variants and Special Interest Groups that produce them.
The CentOS 8 Project
This Project is a community-driven free software effort focused on the goal of providing a rich base platform for open source communities to build upon. There you can find a development framework for cloud providers, the hosting community, and scientific data processing, as a few examples.
The Governing Board
The Governing Board is made up of members of the CentOS Project, many of whom have been around since the creation of the Project, as well as new members from Red Hat who were instrumental in bringing the new relationship together. The focus of the Governing Board is to curate the CentOS Project, assist and guide in the progress and development of the various SIGs, as well as to promote CentOS Linux.
The Project Structure
The CentOS Project is modeled on the structure of the Apache Foundation, with a governing board that oversees various semi-autonomous Special Interest Groups or ‘SIGs’. These groups are focused on providing various enhancements, addons, or replacements for core Linux functionality. A few notable examples of SIGs are:
- Core – Building and releasing the core Linux platform.
- Xen4CentOS – Providing Xen4 support for CentOS 6
- Design – Improving the user experience with high-quality artwork
CentOS 8 is an Enterprise-class Linux Distribution derived from sources freely provided to the public by a prominent North American Enterprise Linux vendor.
CentOS 8 is developed by a small but growing team of core developers. In turn, the core developers are supported by an active user community including system and network administrators, enterprise users, managers, core Linux contributors, and enthusiasts from around the world.
CentOS 8 is a community-supported, mainly free software operating system based on Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL). It stands for Community ENTerprise Operating System.
CentOS has numerous advantages over some of the other clone projects including an active and growing user community, quickly rebuilt, tested, and QA’ed errata packages, an extensive mirror network, developers who are contactable and responsive, multiple free support avenues including IRC Chat, Mailing Lists, Forums, a dynamic FAQ.
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