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CentOS (/ˈsɛntɒs/, from Community Enterprise Operating System) is a Linux distribution that provides a free, community-supported computing platform functionally compatible with its upstream source, Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL). In January 2014, CentOS announced the official joining with Red Hat while staying independent from RHEL, under a new CentOS governing board.


Developer The CentOS Project (affiliated with Red Hat)
Written in
OS family Linux Family
Working state Current
Source model Open Source
Initial release 14 May 2004
Latest release 8.2.2004[2] (15 June 2020; 5 months ago) [±], 7.9-2009[3] (12 November 2020; 11 days ago) [±], 6.10[4] (3 July 2018; 2 years ago)
Available in
Platforms x86-64[a], and since CentOS 8, POWER8 and 64-bit ARM
Kernel type Linux kernel
Default user interface Bash, GNOME Shell
License GNU GPL and other licenses
Official Website
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