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KEY FEATURES CentOS is an Enterprise-class Linux Distribution derived from sources freely provided to the public by a prominent North American Enterprise Linux vendor. CentOS conforms fully with the upstream vendors redistribution policy and aims to be 100% binary compatible. (CentOS mainly changes packages to remove upstream vendor branding and artwork.) Based on Red Hat Enterprise Linux
Supported architectures x86, x86_64, ia64 ,s390, s390x, ppc, i686
Minimal hardware requirements 256MB RAM, 3GB HDD for install and 120MB HDD for download
Software freedom status (?) TODO
Installer - overall (7) You must first choose whether you wish to install in text mode or graphical mode. Either one you pick, it will always start in ncurses and ask several basic questions. Then it will continue in ncurses or graphical mode, depending on your choice.
Package selection (5) A good number of common packages are in the default repos, but you might need to add more repos if you intend to use CentOS as a desktop OS or you need something esoteric.
Predefined package groups (7) Standard package groups can be shown with ‘yum grouplist`
Expert mode install (7) There is only an ncurses installer and a graphical installer. It roughly does the same job and bit more configuration than the graphical one.
Graphical installer (7) Minimal clean and fast. You shouldn’t use this if you do not have much RAM.
Installer speed (7) Decent speed. Mostly limited by download speed if you do a netinstall.
Graphical system management (6) It comes with the standard programs that come with GNOME/KDE/et cetera.
Console-based system management (8) Good programs and scripts that handle the many configuration files across /etc.
Number of packages (5) Approximately 2600
Package management, automatic dependency resolving (7) yum
Graphical package management tools (7) pirut is good and you can also install yumex from the extras repo.
System boot-up speed (7) Average boot up speed.
System responsiveness (7) Average responsiveness.
Popularity (3) Not very popular as it is primarily used on servers.
Security focus (7) Most of the defaults (even after installing new packages) and programs are very secure as this project aims to make a free RHEL (RedHat Enterprise Linux) binary compatible distro.
Stability and maturity (8) Very mature. It usually uses somewhat older, stable, and proven programs and settings. Although it is very mature, it can contain bugs upstream from RHEL and Fedora.
Does the installer support multiple languages? (?) Yes.
Is the system localized after installation? (?) TODO
Is manual system localization easy? (?) TODO
Support for restricted formats (1) Most things aren't available by default in the repos. You will have to look around on thirdparty repos.
Sagem DSL modem support (?) TODO
Alcatel DSL modem support (?) TODO
ISDN support (?) TODO
Wireless support (?) TODO

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