[CentOS-announce] Release for CentOS-5.5 i386 and x86_64

Karanbir Singh kbsingh at centos.org
Fri May 14 23:32:30 UTC 2010

We are pleased to announce the immediate availability of CentOS-5.5 for
i386 and x86_64 Architectures.

CentOS-5.5 is based on the upstream release EL 5.5 and includes
packages from all variants including Server and Client. 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-5.5 can be found on-line at :
http://wiki.centos.org/Manuals/ReleaseNotes/CentOS5.5 and everyone is
encouraged to look through them once. Also worth browsing through are 
the CentOS FAQs at http://wiki.centos.org/FAQ

Upgrading from CentOS-5.4 ( or CentOS-5.0 / 5.1 / 5.2 / 5.3 ):

If you are already running CentOS-5.4 or an older CentOS-5 distro, all
you need to do is update your machine via yum by running :

'yum update'

Running 'yum list updates' before doing the update is recommended, so
you can get a list of packages that are going to be updated. To check
you are indeed on CentOS-5.5, run : 'rpm -q centos-release' and that
should return: 'centos-release-5-5.el5.centos'


LiveCDs for CentOS-5.5 on i386 and x86_64 are being released at the same 
time as the main distro. The LiveCDs are meant to be used to run a 
CentOS 5.5 environment or to start a network based install. The LiveCDs 
are setup in a way so as to allow running from either optical media like 
cds and dvds or from USB keys and other portable media.

Change in iso counts:

The i386 distro is now spread onto 7 CD iso files, while the x86_64 
distro is now 8 CD isos. The x86_64 DVD set is now spread over 2 DVD 
isos, while the i386 DVD remains as 1 iso file.

We've had to split the x86_64 dvd media over multiple disks due to the 
increase in the binary packages size. We have, however, tried to build 
them in a way that dvd#1 should be all that is needed by most people. 
x86_64 DVD#2 is limited to some OpenOffice.org language packages. x86_64 
DVD#1 includes the rest of the distro and also includes the most popular 
OpenOffice.org language packs. More details on the exact split are 
available in the Release Notes.

Downloading CentOS-5.5 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 three hundred people
seeding CentOS-5 and it's possible to get upto 100mbps downloads via
these torrents.

-- Via BitTorrent :



md5sum's for these torrent files:

cdc45af66bf92987ada310e251d43398  CentOS-5.5-i386-bin-1to7.torrent
5f623a38eab7f5eae21c3c4e3fe80c04  CentOS-5.5-x86_64-bin-1to8.torrent
489aba8ea3d9f82973728813f5c1d0ad  CentOS-5.5-x86_64-bin-DVD.torrent
a001e84db58e59113a83cf06730bf7fc  CentOS-5.5-i386-bin-DVD.torrent
3836afe12e27435ff928e35f2d85db10  CentOS-5.5-i386-LiveCD.torrent
55a40ba2e170a6bd424732d4c4116041  CentOS-5.5-x86_64-LiveCD.torrent

-- 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/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 
mirror )

Some mirrors also publish DVD images that can be downloaded directly. 
Refer to the mirrors list page at http://www.centos.org/mirrors for more 
details Mirrors that offer DVDs are clearly marked on the page.

sha1sum for these ISOS:

2ace21ada6705ed2893b651927bca612ac0882a2  CentOS-5.5-i386-bin-1of7.iso
febe79c5b42b1b1038ed748500e231dd6565a8e5  CentOS-5.5-i386-bin-2of7.iso
f9772b5c9e5bb4d2da748cb6c4c38a4a5c1a2cf9  CentOS-5.5-i386-bin-3of7.iso
0b86a414fadb9f0981ef3cb862aba8b9ace82f76  CentOS-5.5-i386-bin-4of7.iso
8ae4b28c6d551600d6b1eab2677153b5c0d3b1c6  CentOS-5.5-i386-bin-5of7.iso
9a8c36abd230ced70ca600c540c2b06aa6e91497  CentOS-5.5-i386-bin-6of7.iso
4ef1f284961f3e035ec2641cabec86048317939f  CentOS-5.5-i386-bin-7of7.iso
48c158fb9446148432a07634b2688915a279580b  CentOS-5.5-i386-bin-DVD.iso
2745b4b1082a604405e14635bf1fb4638b3f45c2  CentOS-5.5-i386-LiveCD.iso
37aa393aef7e6aa2d19607f45eeed9ae7e63f0fb  CentOS-5.5-i386-netinstall.iso

0c27f508728f6a96f50e4201cd770fe9e57af3e2  CentOS-5.5-x86_64-bin-1of8.iso
ff57db0cf9af9bfc65471f49444ea92cdc238347  CentOS-5.5-x86_64-bin-2of8.iso
0faf38976fbf4053180a25f7535d66b084092059  CentOS-5.5-x86_64-bin-3of8.iso
b097bf9b747f2d16da00ff29f1e0d40b523b0a55  CentOS-5.5-x86_64-bin-4of8.iso
f1179ec875c0b4792e56f660493e82f0aff5e0f3  CentOS-5.5-x86_64-bin-5of8.iso
009892c8de408dc091e5a96b4a4ab213f2d5fe17  CentOS-5.5-x86_64-bin-6of8.iso
9660e63bd06a68ce94fe98defae1a0806ab834ae  CentOS-5.5-x86_64-bin-7of8.iso
80c74ca2622b9aee3621a13a0cf6dbdc7743b4ee  CentOS-5.5-x86_64-bin-8of8.iso
a85d7cd41f49f2146177dae52163d5dca276efc2  CentOS-5.5-x86_64-bin-DVD-1of2.iso
bb9a2c140170f10ed854541004539890ef7c68c8  CentOS-5.5-x86_64-bin-DVD-2of2.iso
3a04aa81ef75f329bf245a8c4f02af8137a84fb8  CentOS-5.5-x86_64-LiveCD.iso
231af7ca726557634a1f4d4f57436aab5a75f3b4  CentOS-5.5-x86_64-netinstall.iso

Pending Updates:

Since upstream released their 5.5 media, a series of updates have been
issued. These updates are currently syncing to the CentOS mirrors.

Sources and Debuginfo packages:

srpms and debuginfo packages are still making their way to the CentOS
mirrors and should be online within the next few days. Most sources are
already in place, while the debuginfos are only stating to get uploaded now.

Getting Help:

The best place to start when looking for help with CentOS is at the wiki 
( http://wiki.centos.org/GettingHelp ) 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 :

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. A special thanks to my fellow 
CentOS Infrastructure team members: Ralph Angenendt and Tru Huynh, who 
have both put in many extra-long days. And a shout out to all the donors 
who have contributed machines, bandwidth and infrastructure towards the 
CentOS Project.

Enjoy this release, tell all your friends about it too!

Karanbir Singh
CentOS Project { http://www.centos.org/ }
irc: z00dax, #centos at irc.freenode.net

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