CentOS 5.8 has been finally released for both i386 and x86_64 Architectures
We are pleased to announce the immediate availability of CentOS-5.8 for
the i386 and x86_64 Architectures.
CentOS-5.8 is based on the upstream EL 5.8 release and includes
packages from all variants including Server, Client, Virtualization,
and Clustering. All upstream repositories have been combined into one
to make it easier for end users to work with.
This is just an announcement email, not the release notes. The Release
Notes for CentOS-5.8 can be found on-line at :http://wiki.centos.org/Manuals/ReleaseNotes/CentOS5.8
Everyone is encouraged to look through them once. Also worth browsing
through are the CentOS FAQs:http://wiki.centos.org/FAQ
Upgrading from CentOS-5.7 ( or CentOS-5.0/5.1/5.2/5.3/5.4/5.5/5.6):
If you are already running CentOS-5.7 or any older CentOS-5 version
then all you need to do is update your machine via yum by running :
Running 'yum list updates' before doing the update is recommended, so
you can get a list of packages that are going to be updated.
Downloading CentOS-5.8 for new installs:
When possible, consider using torrents to run the downloads. Not only
does it help the community and keeps mirrors from running up high
bandwidth bills, in most cases you will find its also the fastest means
to download the distro. There are currently over a hundred people
seeding CentOS-5 and it's possible to get upto 100mbps downloads via
While torrent files will do their own content checks, and only the right
torrent will register and download from torrent.centos.org - its very
important for your own security that an md5/sha1sum check is done on the
.torrent file itself, and ensure that only the torrent.centos.org
tracker is being used. Sha1sum's are more secure than md5's. Whenever
possible, use sha1sum's instead of md5.
Torrents (and signed md5, sha1, and sha256 sums) are available from
the standard iso download directory here:http://isoredirect.centos.org/centos/5.8/isos/
-- Via direct download:
Due to bandwidth considerations the CentOS Project does not publish ISOs
directly from our network machines. However direct downloads are
available from external mirrors over http, ftp and rsync. A geoip
based list is available at http://isoredirect.centos.org/centos/5.8/isos/
to give you the best predictable match ( and only lists mirrors that are
updated already, so you don't need to waste time looking for a sync'd
sha1sum for these ISOS:
Note about media:
DVD #2 on both i386 and x86_64 only contain Openoffice langpacks for
languages others than english. Therefore DVD#2 is only needed when
doing a desktop install, with the openoffice components selected
with other than English language support.
Sources and Debuginfo packages:
SRPMS and debuginfo packages are no longer on the main CentOS mirrors.
The are online now on the CentOS Vault (for SRPMS) or the CentOS Debug
server (for debuginfo files). Here are the links:
The best place to start when looking for help with CentOS is at the wiki
) which lists various options and
communities who might be able to help. If you think there is a bug in
the system, do report it at http://bugs.centos.org/
- but keep in mind
that the bugs system is *not* a support mechanism.
Some Friendly URLs : http://www.centos.org/ http://wiki.centos.org/ http://lists.centos.org/ http://bugs.centos.org/ irc://#firstname.lastname@example.org
A big thanks to everyone who contributed towards this release, including
the translation teams, the qa team, the artwork team, the CentOS
Developers and all the users out there. And a special shout out to all
the donors who have contributed machines, bandwidth and infrastructure
towards the CentOS Project.