[CentOS-announce] Release for CentOS Linux 7 (1810) on armhfp aarch64 i386 ppc64 ppc64le and power9
Pablo Sebastián Greco
pgreco at centosproject.org
Tue Sep 17 13:23:51 UTC 2019
I am pleased to announce the general availability of CentOS Linux 7
(1908) for across our alternative architectures. Effectively
immediately, this is the current release for CentOS Linux 7 and is
tagged as 1908, derived
from Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.7.
As always, read through the Release Notes at :
http://wiki.centos.org/Manuals/ReleaseNotes/CentOS7 - these notes
contain important information about the release and details about some
of the content inside the release from the CentOS QA team. These notes
are updated constantly to include issues and incorporate feedback from
Updates, Sources, and DebugInfos
Updates released since the upstream release are all posted, across all
architectures. We strongly recommend every user apply all updates,
including the content released today, on your existing CentOS Linux 7
machine by just running 'yum update'.
As with all CentOS Linux 7 components, this release was built from
sources hosted at git.centos.org. In addition, SRPMs that are a
byproduct of the build (and also considered critical in the code and
buildsys process) are being published to match every binary RPM we
release. Sources will be available from vault.centos.org in their own
dedicated directories to match the corresponding binary RPMs. Since
there is far less traffic to the CentOS source RPMs compared with the
binary RPMs, we are not putting this content on the main mirror network.
If users wish to mirror this content they can do so using the reposync
command available in the yum-utils package. All CentOS source RPMs are
signed with the same key used to sign their binary counterparts.
Developers and end users looking at inspecting and contributing patches
to the CentOS Linux distro will find the code hosted at git.centos.org
far simpler to work against. Details on how to best consume those are
documented along with a quick start at : http://wiki.centos.org/Sources
Debuginfo packages are also being signed and pushed. Yum configs shipped
in the new release file will have all the context required for debuginfo
to be available on every CentOS Linux install.
This release supersedes all previously released content for CentOS Linux
7, and therefore we highly encourage all users to upgrade their
machines. Information on different upgrade strategies and how to handle
stale content is included in the Release Notes.
Note that older content, obsoleted by newer versions of the same
applications are trim'd off from repos like Extras/ and Plus/ However
this time we have also extended this to the sIG content hosted at
mirror.centos.org, and some older End of Life content has been dropped.
Everything we ever release, is always available on the vault service for
people still looking for and have a real need for it.
Altarch kernel, with RedHat's decision to deprecate power9 and aarch64
releases, we had to decide on how to continue, and the consensus was to
keep building those arches along with the others, while updating kernel
to the one used in RHEL8. Tests have been great and we're expecting to
continue with this path.
Armhfp kernel was rebased to 4.19.x, allowing us to support many more
boards, this was done in conjunction with the uboot rebase to 2019.07
A last minute addition in the armhfp arch was the inclusion of the
tech-preview images for RaspberryPi4, using kernel 4.19.x from the
In order to conserve donor bandwidth, and to make it possible to get the
mirror content sync'd out as soon as possible, we recommend using
torrents to get your initial installer images:
Details on the images are available on the mirrors in a file called
0_README.txt next to the isos. That file clearly highlights the
difference in the images, and when one might be more suitable than the
Altarch images can be downloaded at :
sha256sum for ppc64
sha256sum for ppc64le
sha256sum for power9:
sha256sum for i386:
shasum256 for aarch64 / ArmServer:
sha256sums for armhfp:
The container, Vagrant, Cloud and Atomic Host images are being prepared
and will be released in the next few days. Look for an announcement
posted to the centos-announce list for more information on availability
for these in the coming days.
The CentOS ecosystem is sustained by community driven help and guidance.
The best place to start for new users is at
We are also on social media, you can find the project:
on Twitter at : http://twitter.com/CentOSProject
on Facebook at : https://www.facebook.com/groups/centosproject/
on LinkedIn at : https://www.linkedin.com/groups/22405
And you will find the core team and a majority of the contributors on
irc, on freenode.net in #centos ; talking about the finer points of
distribution engineering and platform enablement.
This release was made possible due to the hard work of many people,
foremost on that list are the Red Hat Engineers for producing a great
distribution and the CentOS QA team, without them CentOS Linux would
look very different. Many of the team went further and beyond
expectations to bring this release to you, and I would like to thank
everyone for their help.
We are also looking for people to get involved with the QA process in
CentOS, if you would like to join this please introduce yourself on the
centos-devel list (http://lists.centos.org/mailman/listinfo/centos-devel ).
Finally, please join me in thanking the donors who all make this
possible for us.
Enjoy the fresh new release!
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