CentOS 7 Comes on the Heels of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7

1 - CentOS 7 Comes on the Heels of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7
2 - Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 Is the base for CentOS 7
3 - CentOS Has Support for Multiple Languages
4 - CentOS Provides Multiple Installation Profiles
5 - Docker Is Supported
6 - Desktop Users Can Integrate With Online Accounts
7 - GNOME Gets a Classic Touch
8 - GNOME Classic Makes It Easier to Go Places
9 - GNOME Activities Gives CentOS a Shell
10 - XFS Is the Default File System
11 - Firefox ESR Provides an Extended Support Browser
12 - Linux 3.10 Is the Core
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CentOS 7 Comes on the Heels of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7

by Sean Michael Kerner

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Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 Is the base for CentOS 7

CentOS 7 takes the core open-source code from Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 and repackages it, removing all Red Hat trademarks.

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CentOS Has Support for Multiple Languages

English is the only language supported by CentOS and even within the English-speaking world, multiple regions are represented.

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CentOS Provides Multiple Installation Profiles

CentOS provides users with different installation profiles for the operating system based on the intended usage model.

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Docker Is Supported

The Docker container virtualization technology is part of CentOS 7, providing users with an optional alternative to the traditional virtual machine hypervisor model for virtualization.

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Desktop Users Can Integrate With Online Accounts

For users who choose to install the GNOME desktop with CentOS 7, there is an integrated facility for online account access from Google and Facebook.

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GNOME Gets a Classic Touch

Instead of the GNOME Shell desktop, which is often the default choice for GNOME users on Red Hat's community Fedora Linux, for CentOS 7 the GNOME Classic desktop environment is the default GNOME-based desktop.

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GNOME Classic Makes It Easier to Go Places

One of the key differences in the GNOME Classic interface, in contrast with the typical GNOME Shell interface, is the inclusion of the Places navigation menu on the top of the user's desktop.

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GNOME Activities Gives CentOS a Shell

GNOME Classic provides a hint of the GNOME Shell interface through the activities overview option. Instead of a top-down navigation system, users can also employ side navigation.

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XFS Is the Default File System

With RHEL 7, Red Hat changed the default file system from EXT4 to the more robust XFS, and CentOS has followed suit. XFS provides users with a file system that scales up to 500 terabytes.

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Firefox ESR Provides an Extended Support Browser

As part of the CentOS 7 release, Firefox Extended Support Release (ESR) is included instead of the mainline Firefox browser. The promise of the Firefox ESR is a browser that has a longer lifespan than the quick moving mainline of Firefox, which is updated every two months.

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Linux 3.10 Is the Core

At the heart of CentOS 7 is a Linux 3.10 kernel. The Linux 3.10 kernel was released by Linux creator Linus Torvalds in July 2013 and was declared a long-term support kernel in August 2013.

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