[CentOS] CentOS-announce Digest, Vol 130, Issue 8

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Today's Topics:

   1. Release for CentOS AltArch 7 (1511) on x86_64 (Karanbir Singh)


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Date: Sat, 19 Dec 2015 00:47:23 +0000
From: Karanbir Singh <kbsingh at centos.org>
To: CentOS Announcements List <centos-announce at centos.org>
Subject: [CentOS-announce] Release for CentOS AltArch 7 (1511) on
Message-ID: <5674A91B.40508 at centos.org>
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I would like to announce the general availability of the following
CentOS AltArch 7 Releases:

* CentOS AltArch 7 (1511) for i686
* CentOS AltArch UserLand 7 (1511) for Armhfp
* CentOS AltArch 7 (1511) for PowerPC64 (TechPreview)
* CentOS AltArch 7 (1511) for PowerPC8 LE (TechPreview)

We anticipate CentOS AltArch 7 (1511) for Aarch64 will be ready for
release within the coming days, and will be announced independently.

The CentOS AltArch SIG is a group of people working to build alternative
architecture support derived from CentOS Linux's sources. You can find
more details about the AltArch group at
https://wiki.centos.org/SpecialInterestGroup/AltArch including details
on how to get involved and ways to get help for architecture specific

Releases under the AltArch SIG are hosted at
http://mirror.centos.org/altarch/ and available from external mirrors
via rsync, http, ftp as usual, however under the /altarch/ path. Yum
configs shipped in the altarch builds points at mirror.centos.org
instead of mirrorlist or the external mirrors, as we are still working
through the mechanics to facilitate the wider mirrorlist process. We
hope to have this in place within the next 2 months, and updates to the
yum configs will be issued, when ready, via an updated centos-release rpm.

We are hosting a CentOS Dojo in Brussels, Belgium on the 29th Jan 2016.
Lots of the key people working on the AltArch builds will be present
there and it would be a great forum to engage with these groups. You can
get the details for the event at
https://wiki.centos.org/Events/Dojo/Brussels2016 including the
registration links.

In order to bootstrap these builds, we have turned on direct downloads
of this content from mirror.centos.org. We do encourage people with the
capacity to help seed with external mirrors. Details on howto run a
CentOS Mirror are available at

A key part of our AltArch plans is to make resources available to all
the other SIG's in the CentOS environment, so they are able to build,
test, deliver their content for these architectures. We are working on
setting things up, and hope to start rolling out altarch support for
https://cbs.centos.org/ in the first quarter of 2016. If you are engaged
in any of the SIGs and would like to find out more details, please come
along to our buildsystems meeting that takes place on Mondays in
#centos-devel on irc.freenode.net. Details on this meeting and the other
SIG meetings can be found in our community meetings calendar published
at https://www.centos.org/community/calendar/ .

Bug reports and feedback about specific packages should be filed at
https://bugs.centos.org/ against the relevant package name, for project
CentOS Linux 7, in the same manner as you would for x86_64. However, do
mention the architecture as applicable.

CentOS AltArch 7 (1511) for i686 : This architecture build supports
32-bit Intel/AMD x86 machines and 32 bit IOT x86 boards.

SIG Notes: https://wiki.centos.org/SpecialInterestGroup/AltArch/i386

 * CentOS-7-i386-DVD-1511.iso
   sha256sum :
   direct link :

* CentOS-7-i386-Everything-1511.iso
   sha256sum :
   direct link :

 * CentOS-7-i386-LiveGNOME-1511.iso
   sha256sum :
   direct link :

*  CentOS-7-i386-LiveKDE-1511.iso
   sha256sum :
   direct link :

* CentOS-7-i386-Minimal-1511.iso
   sha256sum :
   direct link :

* CentOS-7-i386-NetInstall-1511.iso
   sha256sum :
   direct link :

CentOS AltArch UserLand 7 (1511) for Armhfp : This architecture build
delivers support for ARMv7hl devices including the Raspberry pi2, Cubie
Truck, Bananapi and similar hardware.

SIG Notes: https://wiki.centos.org/SpecialInterestGroup/AltArch/Arm32

The armhfp build is delivered as a userland build, implying that kernel
and bootloader delivered is not derived from the CentOS Linux 7 distro,
but comes from either an upstream kernel.org mainline kernel or is a
vendor supported kernel for their own hardware piece. As such, the
Armhfp build does not aim to deliver a complete feature set, and is
labelled as a UserLand release. There are also no installer images
delivered for this architecture. The images shipped are ready to run and
are board specific. While there is plenty of desktop and X related
support available, our focus for these builds has been towards the
server and IoT roles.

We have a dedicated mailing list for the ARM ports ( both Armhfp and
Aarch64 ) at https://lists.centos.org/mailman/listinfo/arm-dev ;
questions specific to these builds and images should be posted there.

* CentOS-Userland-7-armv7hl-Minimal-1511-BananaPi.img.xz
   sha256sum :
   direct link :

* CentOS-Userland-7-armv7hl-Minimal-1511-CubieTruck.img.xz
   sha256sum :
   direct link :

   sha256sum :
   direct link :

CentOS AltArch 7 (1511) for PowerPC64 (TechPreview) : This architecture
is for 64-bit IBM POWER7 machines using big endian byte ordering. We are
marking this as a Tech Preview release, as it needs wider testing before
it can be adopted as a GA release.

SIG Notes: https://wiki.centos.org/SpecialInterestGroup/AltArch/ppc64

* CentOS-7-AltArch-ppc64-Everything-1511.iso
   sha256sum :
   direct link :

* CentOS-7-AltArch-ppc64-NetInstall-1511.iso
   sha256sum :
   direct link :

CentOS AltArch 7 (1511) for PowerPC8 LE (TechPreview) : This
architecture is for 64-bit IBM POWER8 machines using little endian byte
ordering. We are marking this as a Tech Preview release, as it needs
wider testing before it can be adopted as a GA release.

SIG Notes: https://wiki.centos.org/SpecialInterestGroup/AltArch/ppc64le

*  CentOS-7-AltArch-ppc64le-Everything-1511.iso
   sha256sum :
   direct link :

* CentOS-7-AltArch-ppc64le-NetInstall-1511.iso
   sha256sum :
   direct link :


I'd like to thank everyone involved in this process. We have come a long
way down the route from the initial plans of getting the AltArch project
bootstrapped, and its only down to the dedciated efforts from the people
involved in this process that we are able to deliver support for five
new architectures.

I also want to take this opportunity to point out that we run an office
hours forum, twice a week. Details are available at
https://www.centos.org/community/calendar/#Karanbir_Singh_Office_Hours ,
please feel free to stop by and say hi. We welcome comments and
questions around pretty much anything / everything relevant to the
CentOS community.


Karanbir Singh, Project Lead, The CentOS Project
+44-207-0999389 | http://www.centos.org/ | twitter.com/CentOS
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