CentOS Free Download
entOS exists to provide a free enterprise class computing platform to anyone who wishes to use it. CentOS 2, 3, and 4 are built from publically available open source SRPMS provided by a prominent North American Enterprise Linux vendor. CentOS conforms fully with the upstream vendors redistribution policies and aims to be 100% binary compatible. (CentOS mainly changes packages to remove upstream vendor branding and artwork.). CentOS is designed for people who need an enterprise class OS without the cost or support of the prominent North American Enterprise Linux vendor.
Neither the CentOS Project (we who build CentOS) nor any version of CentOS is affiliated with, produced by, or supported by the prominent North American Enterprise Linux vendor. Neither does our software contain the upstream vendor’s product … although it is built from the same open source SRPMS as the upstream enterprise products.
Availability and boot options
It is distributed as two installable-only DVDs, as well as minimal and netboot CD ISO images. Supported hardware platforms include the standard 64-bit (x86_64) and 32-bit (i386). In addition, Live CDs are also available for download separately on Softpedia.
The default desktop environment used in CentOS is powered by the GNOME project, providing users with a user-friendly and familiar graphical session that pleases even the most discerning eye.
Among the included applications and packages, we can easily mention the LibreOffice office suite, Mozilla Firefox web browser, GIMP image editor, Inkscape vector graphics editor, K3b CD/DVD burning software, Vim text editor, and Mozilla Thunderbird email client.
Server-oriented packages include the Apache web server, MySQL and PostgreSQL database server, OpenSSH and OpenSSL tools for encrypted communication sessions, Perl, Python and PHP programming languages, Postfix email server, and Samba network sharing framework.
As expected, the project provides support for multiple languages, and comes with built-in support for well known file systems, including EXT3 and EXT4.
Summing up, CentOS is a stable, reproducible, easy to maintain and supported Linux distribution specifically engineered to be deployed on enterprises’ local servers, as well as behind firewall protections to secure sensitive data.