We are pleased to announce the immediate availability of CentOS-6.3
for i386 and x86_64 Architectures. Release Notes for 6.3
are available at http://wiki.centos.org/Manuals/ReleaseNotes/CentOS6.3
we recommend everyone looks through those once.
CentOS-6.3 is based on the upstream release EL 6.3 and includes packages
from all variants. All upstream repositories have been combined into
one, to make it easier for end users to work with.
All updates released since upstream 6.3 release are also released to the
Upgrading from CentOS-4 or CentOS-5:
We recommend everyone run through a reinstall rather than attempt an
inplace upgrade from CentOS-4 or CentOS-5.
Upgrading from CentOS-6.0 / 6.1 or 6.2
Unless you have edited your yum configs, a 'yum update' should move your
machine seamlessly from any previous CentOS-6.x release to CentOS-6.3
Downloading CentOS-6.3 for new installs:
When possible, consider using torrents to run the downloads. Usually its
also the fastest means to download the distro.
Torrent files for the DVD's are available at :http://mirror.centos.org/centos/6.3/isos/i386/CentOS-6.3-i386-bin-DVD1to2.torrenthttp://mirror.centos.org/centos/6.3/isos/x86_64/CentOS-6.3-x86_64-bin-DVD1to2.torrent
You can also use a mirror close to you :http://www.centos.org/modules/tinycontent/index.php?id=30
Most mirrors will allow direct DVD downloads over http, ftp and rsync.
Please keep in mind that not all mirrors are currently updated, some
might take upto another 24 hours before they have all the content.
We have also made efforts to try and ensure that most install types and
roles can be run from DVD-1 itself.
sha1sum for the CentOS-6.3 ISOS:
Sources and Debuginfo packages:
SRPMS and debuginfo packages are released to vault.centos.org.
LiveCD and LiveDVD
We will be releasing the LiveCD and LiveDVD images in the next few days
for both i386 and x86_64.
CentOS on PowerPC
Work is under-way to bring CentOS-6 to the powerpc platform and we hope
to have a Beta CentOS-6.3 release by the end of August.
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.
Contributing and joining the project:
We are always looking for people to join and help with various things in
the project. If you are keen to help out a good place to start is the
wiki page at http://wiki.centos.org/Contribute
. If you have questions
or a specific area you would like to contribute towards that is not
covered on that page, feel free to drop in on
#firstname.lastname@example.org for a chat or email the centos-devel list
Thanks to everyone who contributed towards making CentOS 6.3, specially
the effort put in, as always, by the QA team.
A special shout out to all the donors who have contributed hardware,
network connectivity, hosting and resources over the years. The CentOS
project now has a fairly well setup resource pool, purely thanks to the