CentOS 8 will be the next open source operating system from the CentOS community, to be forked from RHEL 8 which was released on May 7th, 2019.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 is based on Fedora 28 and comes with Linux kernel version 4.18. RHEL 8 has introduced Application Streams which provides all the applications you want to install and run in userspace and separating you from core kernel space.

We all have been waiting for CentOS 8 to get hands-on enterprise operating system. CentOS community has already started their work to build CentOS 8 and released the notes about what is going on in and around building new CentOS version.

Architectures

CentOS 8 would be available for below architectures,

  1. x86_64
  2. ppc64le (Little Endian)
  3. aarch64 (ARM 64, ARMv8)

Features

Since CentOS 8 is based on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8, we would have below features in the new release.

  1. The Cockpit is now available by default to manage servers.
  2. Packages are available through the two main repositories: BaseOS and
    Application Stream (AppStream)
  3. The new version of the YUM is based on DNF. This version is compatible with YUM v3 (RHEL 7)
  4. PM v4.14 now validates the whole package contents before starting the installation
  5. XFS now supports shared copy-on-write data extents
  6. Wayland is the default display server, replacing the Xorg server
  7. Support up to 4PB of physical memory
  8. nftables replaces iptables as the default network filtering framework
  9. Python 3.6, PHP 7.2 and Nginx 1.14

Release Date

If we go around and look at the history of CentOS releases, the CentOS community has been releasing the new version within a month or two from the date of Red Hat releases its new version of operating system. At this moment, CentOS community is working final phase of building CentOS 8. So, we may expect the release of CentOS 8 in end of August 2019.

CentOS community has completed below works so far,

Item

Started

Ended

Status

Sources pushed to CentOS Git

2019-05-07

2019-05-08

DONE

Source code evaluation

2019-05-07

mid-june

DONE

New Build System Setup

2019-05-07

2019-05-08

DONE

Debranding patches added

2019-05-07

YYYY-MM-DD

Ongoing

Artwork Requested

2019-03-07

2019-05-07

DONE

Artwork Selections

2019-05-09

YYYY-MM-DD

Ongoing

Build Loop 0

2019-05-07

2019 mid June

DONE

Build Loop 1

2019 mid June

mid-june

DONE

Build Loop N

2019-06-20

2019-06-28

DONE

Installer work

2019-06-16

YYYY-MM-DD

Ongoing

QA work

2019-06-28

YYYY-MM-DD

Ongoing

RC work

2019-07-26

YYYY-MM-DD

Ongoing

Release work

YYYY-MM-DD

YYYY-MM-DD

Not started

Credit: CentOS Wiki

Keep a watch on this space to know the release date of CentOS 8.

Previous
comments powered by Disqus