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What is CentOS?

CentOS is a Linux Distribution. It was developed by The CentOS Project which is affiliated with Red Hat. It is based on Red Hat Linux which is a discontinued Linux distro.

Click here to download CentOS.

Why should you download CentOS?

You should download the OS because it is free. It means that by choosing CentOS you immediately save money that you might have spent on another operating system such as Windows. It is also open-source. Open-source software allow more customization and give you more control over the system. It means that you can shut off unwanted features and services and add stuff to the system. However, most Linux based OS have these features then what makes CentOS so special? Here are some features that make it special.

Features

  • Stable: There are two branches of Linux Distros one prioritizes new technology while the others concentrate more on stability. This OS puts more effort into stability. The developers make sure that every new update is stable before it is released and therefore it might not always have the latest software.
  • Secure: The operating software is one of the most secure Linux distribution available and who doesn’t prefer security.
  • Less Updates: There are some Linux distros that provide frequent updates to provide the latest software however CentOS isn’t one of them. As discussed above the operating system thrives for stability. Therefore, the developers must check each and every aspect of new technology and they have to make modify the system to make it compatible with the technology making sure that there would not be any bugs and crashes. This requires time and that is why there are less frequent updates.
  • Usage: This OS is better suited for businesses and servers. Both of these require a system that is stable, and which doesn’t change frequently. Moreover, they also require a system that would be secure as there is a lot of confidential information stored on them. The OS has all of these features.

We have discussed the most well known Linux distributions such as Ubuntu, Linux Mint, Debian, Fedora in Part I. In this article, we are going to discuss a few more Linux distributions, mainly for Server use.

CentOS

CentOS is another Red hat based community distribution. It is
more standard than Fedora and designed for Server management. It uses the same installer as Fedora and hence it is easy to install. There is a decent selection of applications.

Download Link: https://www.centos.org/download/

openSUSE

openSUSE is a good alternative for Ubuntu and other Linux based distributions. It provides a stable environment for home users along with multiple applications and a decent level of support.

Its installation can be bit tricky for new or inexperienced computer users but once set up you’ll have access to a decent documentation.

Download Link: https://software.opensuse.org/distributions/leap

Arch

Arch distribution provides up-to-date software and drivers but requires more maintenance than other distributions. It requires decent knowledge and willingness to read manuals.

Download Link: https://www.archlinux.org/download/

Lubuntu

Lubuntu is a lightweight version of Ubuntu which is deploying the LXDE desktop environment. It also contains a full set of desktop applications which aren’t as fully featured as the main Ubuntu operating system applications.

Lubuntu provides access to the main Ubuntu repositories which allows you to install any application that you want to use.

Download Link: https://lubuntu.net/tags/download/

Elementary

Elementary has a clean and elegant user interface. It is designed to be lightweight as well as easy to install and use. It is based on Ubuntu and thus provides access to a large repository of applications.

Download Link: https://elementary.io/

Choose the distribution as per your requirements. Once you are familiar with the installed distribution, you will notice that there is no big difference between the common distributions. They share the same kernels and have the same software packages. Furthermore, you can easily install or add any software packages not included in your original installation.