Monday, July 9, 2012

CentOS-6.3 Release

July 9th, 2012 - Today the CentOS Project has released CentOS-6.3.  This release came 18 days after the upstream release of EL 6.3.  The major issues that we had with getting this release out were getting the i386 distribution to boot properly and adjusting the content of DVD-1 and DVD-2 of each architecture to allow for the most common install groups to come from DVD1 and not require DVD2.

Some of the major changes for this release include a move from OpenOffice 3.2.1 to LibreOffice 3.4.5 and the addition of Virtual to Virtual and Physical to Virtual (virt-v2v and virt-p2v) server migration tools to KVM Virtual Machines.  Please see the CentOS-6.3 release notes for more information on these and other features.  The Open H Website has a very good article on what's new in EL6.

We were pretty much ready to release the distribution by Friday, July 6th, but we had to then copy our trees to the several dozen internal mirror servers in the CentOS Project's infrastructure and then open those mirrors up to the more than 500 external mirrors that serve CentOS in more than 75 countries world wide.  While the CentOS Project is doing a point release, you can see what is happen by visiting our QA Development website and looking at the blog entries on the dashboard,

We hope you enjoy CentOS-6.3 !