CentOS 6.8 Released with lot of changes

CentOS 6.8 is derived from source code released by Red Hat, Inc. for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.8. All upstream variants have been placed into one combined repository to make it easier for end users. Workstation, server, and minimal installs can all be done from CentOS combined repository.

There are many fundamental changes in this release, compared with the past CentOS 6.x branch releases. Users are requested to read the release notes properly before going to upgrade.

All the CentOS 6.8 updates will be downloadable from continuous release (CR) repository. Users whoever running 6.x, they can easily upgrade to 6.8 by issuing yum update & yum upgrade. Upgrading From Prior Major CentOS Versions such as CentOS-2.1, CentOS-3.x,
CentOS-4.x, CentOS-5.x to 6.8. They need to perform a fresh reinstall rather than attempt an inplace upgrade.

Download & Install CentOS 6.8

Major changes on CentOS 6.8

  • libreswan replaces openswan as VPN endpoint solution (support added in NetworkManager)
  • sssd has a number of new capabilities and now supports smart cards, support for SSLv2 has been disabled
  • XFS support increased to a maximum file system size of 300TB
  • various applications now support TLSv1.2, i.e. OpenLDAP, yum, stunnel, vsftpd, git, postfix and others. Also TLSv1.2 has been enabled by default in various packages
  • various applications now support elliptic-curve parameters, i.e. Perl Net:SSLeay or Perl IO::Socket::SSL
  • dmidecode now supports SMBIOS 3.0.0

  • kickstart files can now be pulled from https sources
  • chrony has been added as an alternative to NTPd
  • squid 3.4 is available as a replacement to squid 3.1
  • enhancements have been made for guests running Hyper-V i.e. reporting kernel crashes to the hypervisor or running as a generation 2 guest
  • New package rear can be used to continuously create recovery images
  • SSLv3 and older insecure protocols are disabled by default, and various packages now have more configuration options to select the desired protocols
  • libreoffice has been rebased to 4.3.7.2
  • various packages have been rebased to more current version i.e. elfutils, SystemTap, ipmitool, memtest86+, icedtea-web, various hardware drivers, shadow utils, virt-who and others
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