Linux Community Enterprise Operating System is a community-driven open Linux distribution project that provides all Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) features without any costs. Most of the data centres, web hosting companies, web developers, business owners rely on CentOS for their day to day work. It provides all the RHEL features without branding of RHEL license. CentOS is popular in the community as the superior community support backs it for the latest packages and software. The latest version of CentOS 8.0 is released in the month of November-2019 with all the packages, libraries from RHEL 8.
Below you can find the CentOS pre-installed VDI images for VirtualBox to download. You can download them free from the faster network and attach to VirtualBox to make it work. We have simplified the installation and update process by this pre-installed image.
Initially, CentOS was developed to provide the RHEL features without any additional costing or license purchase, by 2010 it has surpassed Debian and became the most popular Linux distribution. It is now one of the most popular Linux distros with a 15.81% market share being a community-supported OS. CentOS 8 is built on 4.18 Linux kernel, being far from the latest Linux kernel. CentOS is best known for the stability for production systems. Yum package manager is now a Dandified yum as it is based on the DNF.
For Developers, besides Git 2.18, you will get the version control systems viz., Mercurial 4.8 and Subversion 1.10. The default python implementation on the CentOS 8 is Python 3.6, but you will have to install it externally. Other languages & platforms include Node.js 10.1, PHP 7.2, Ruby 2.5, Perl 5.26, and SWIG 3.0.
CentOS 8 also includes server basic programs like MariaDB 10.3, MySQL 8.0, PostgreSQL 10, PostgreSQL 9.6, and Redis 5. It also includes Apache HTTP server 2.4 and Nginx server 1.14 too. For the Desktop users, the GNOME Shell interface updated to version 3.28 with the Wayland as a default display server. You can opt-out for the conventional X.org as your display server.
For server admins, the most significant change is the replacement of iptables with nftables and the proper back end for your firewalld daemon will be nftables. There are not any significant changes as you’re upgrading from CentOS 7.x to 8, but make sure to use the correct syntaxes as iptables are replaced with the nftables.
Overall CentOS 8 will have something that most of the Linux distro lovers were looking for, but we recommend safety as you will be on your own if you’re upgrading from CentOS 7.x to 8. Don’t forget to take a complete backup of your production server. Create an inventory of the installed applications. Make a fresh CentOS 8 installations and port all your data from the backup to the live production server as it will ensure the safety of your server and stability to your server.
Working Screenshots on VirtualBox
Here is the working pre-installed image of CentOS 8 - Server with GUI. You need to assign 8GB RAM to have CentOS 8 (server with GUI version) on VirtualBox. We will update the Workstation image soon.
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CentOS 8 - Server with GUI
OS Update: Installed (as on 17/11/2019)
VB Guest Additions Tools: Not Installed
Minimum VM Config: 2 VCPU, 8GB RAM
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