[Server-devel] CentOS "7.3" (1611) Released, for x86_64

Adam Holt holt at laptop.org
Mon Dec 12 13:03:17 EST 2016

Aside: Likely that the forthcoming XSCE 6.2 will also run on Debian 8.6 or

From: "Karanbir Singh" <kbsingh at centos.org>


I am pleased to announce the general availability of CentOS Linux 7
(1611) for 64 bit x86 compatible machines.

Effectively immediately, this is the current release for CentOS Linux
7 and is tagged as 1611, derived from Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.3

As always, read through the Release Notes at :
http://wiki.centos.org/Manuals/ReleaseNotes/CentOS7 - these notes
contain important information about the release and details about some
of the content inside the release from the CentOS QA team. These notes
are updated constantly to include issues and incorporate feedback from
the users.

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Updates, Sources, and DebugInfos

Updates released since we froze the iso and install media content are
posted in the updates repo along with the release. This will include
content from late November 2016 and December 2016, therefore anyone
running a new install is highly encouraged to run a 'yum update'
operation immediate on install completion.  You can apply all updates,
including the content released today, on your existing CentOS Linux
7/x86_64 machine by just running 'yum update'.

As with all CentOS Linux 7 components, this release was built from
sources hosted at git.centos.org. In addition, SRPMs that are a
byproduct of the build (and also considered critical in the code and
buildsys process) are being published to match every binary RPM we
release. Sources will be available from vault.centos.org in their own
dedicated directories to match the corresponding binary RPMs. Since
there is far less traffic to the CentOS source RPMs compared with the
binary RPMs, we are not putting this content on the main mirror
network. If users wish to mirror this content they can do so using the
reposync command available in the yum-utils package. All CentOS source
RPMs are signed with the same key used to sign their binary
counterparts. Developers and end users looking at inspecting and
contributing patches to the CentOS Linux distro will find the code
hosted at git.centos.org far simpler to work against. Details on how
to best consume those are documented along with a quick start at :

Debuginfo packages are also being signed and pushed. Yum configs
shipped in the new release file will have all the context required for
debuginfo to be available on every CentOS Linux install.

This release supersedes all previously released content for CentOS
Linux 7, and therefore we highly encourage all users to upgrade their
machines. Information on different upgrade strategies and how to
handle stale content is included in the Release Notes.

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In order to conserve donor bandwidth, and to make it possible to get
the mirror content sync'd out as soon as possible, we recommend using
torrents to get your initial installer images:

Details on the images are available on the mirrors at
http://mirror.centos.org/centos/7/isos/x86_64/0_README.txt - that file
clearly highlights the difference in the images, and when one might be
more suitable than the others.

The sizes, sha256 sums and torrents for the ISO files:

* CentOS-7-x86_64-Minimal-1611.iso
  Size: 713031680

* CentOS-7-x86_64-NetInstall-1611.iso
  Size: 395313152
- -1611.iso.torrent

* CentOS-7-x86_64-DVD-1611.iso
  Size: 4379901952

* CentOS-7-x86_64-Everything-1611.iso
  Size: 8280604672
- -1611.iso.torrent

* CentOS-7-x86_64-LiveGNOME-1611.iso
  Size: 1245708288

* CentOS-7-x86_64-LiveKDE-1611.iso
  Size: 1774190592

The iso files are also available for direct download from

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Additional Images

The Docker container, Vagrant images, Cloud images and Atomic Host
images are being prepared and will be released in the next few days.
Look for an announcement posted to the centos-announce list for more
information on availability for these in the coming days.

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We try and organise Dojos in various parts of the world as a one day
event, to bring together people who use CentOS and others who are keen
to learn about CentOS. The day's focus is on sharing technical
knowledge and success stories. It's also a great place to meet and
talk about upcoming technologies and learn how others are using them
on CentOS Linux.

Our next Dojo coming up is in Brussels, on the 3rd Feb 2017. Details
are being posted at https://wiki.centos.org/Events/Dojo/Brussels2017

If you would like to help organise a Dojo in your area, do drop by the
centos-promo list at http://lists.centos.org/mailman/listinfo/centos-pro

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Getting Help

The CentOS ecosystem is sustained by community driven help and
guidance. The best place to start for new users is at

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This release was made possible due to the hard work of many people,
foremost on that list are the Red Hat Engineers for producing a great
distribution and the CentOS QA team, without them CentOS Linux would
look very different.

We are also looking for people to get involved with the QA process in
CentOS, if you would like to join this please introduce yourself on
the centos-devel list
(http://lists.centos.org/mailman/listinfo/centos-devel ).

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I would also like to thank our donors and sponsors for their continued
support for the project. And to everyone who contributed with ideas,
code, test feedback, and promoting CentOS Linux into the ecosystem.


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Karanbir Singh, Project Lead, The CentOS Project
+44-207-0999389 | http://www.centos.org/ | twitter.com/CentOS
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