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Centos History


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Oct 3, 2021
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CentOS Project is community-driven free software focused on providing a robust open source ecosystem around a Linux platform.

Its Current Version is Centos 8.

Centos is the latest version of CAOS Linux developed by Gregory Kurtzer.

Information about CentOS can be found at https://www.centos.org/.
You can enter https://www.centos.org/download/ to install CentOS.
In June 2006, David PARSLEY Tao quit Linux and announced that he would start developing CentOS. This is how Tao Linux users switched to CentOS.
In July 2009, an open letter on the CentOS project website reported that CentOS founder Lance Davis disappeared in 2008. Davis relinquished his contribution to the project, but continued to keep records for the CentOS domain and PayPal account. In August 2009, it was reported that the CentOS team contacted Davis and acquired the domain names centos.info and centos.org.
In July 2010, CentOS made Debian the most popular Linux distribution for web servers, with almost 30% of all Linux web servers using it.

In January 2014, Red Hat announced it would sponsor the CentOS project, "helping to create a platform that fits the needs of open source developers who integrate technologies within and around the operating system." As a result of these changes, ownership of the CentOS trademarks was transferred to Red Hat, which now employs most of the CentOS lead developers; however, they work as part of Red Hat's Open Source and Standards team, operating separately from the Red Hat Enterprise Linux team. A new CentOS board has also been installed.

RHEL is only available for development use through a paid subscription service or in a non-production environment that provides access to software updates and varying levels of technical support. The product consists largely of software packages distributed under free software licenses, and the source code of these packages is made public by Red Hat.

CentOS developers use Red Hat's source code to create a final product very similar to RHEL. Red Hat's branding and logos have changed because Red Hat does not allow them to be redistributed. CentOS is free. Technical support is primarily provided by the community through official mailing lists, web forums and chat rooms.

The project is linked to Red Hat but aims to be more public, open and inclusive. While Red Hat uses most of the CentOS lead developers, the CentOS project relies on donations from users and organization sponsors.

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