CentOS 5.8 Release Notes

Last updated: March 28th, 2012

1. Translations

These release notes are available in the following languages:

2. Introduction

Welcome to the CentOS 5.8 release. CentOS is an Enterprise-class Linux Distribution derived from sources freely provided to the public by our Upstream OS Provider (UOP)1.

CentOS conforms fully with the upstream vendor's redistribution policy and aims to be 100% binary compatible. (CentOS mainly changes packages to remove upstream vendor branding and artwork.) CentOS is a Free Operating System.

CentOS 5.8 is the eighth update to the CentOS 5 distribution series. It contains a lot of bugfixes, updates and new functionality. Before reading any further we advise you to read the UOP Release Notes and Technical Notes 2. The rest of this document is an addendum and primarily covers CentOS-specific issues.

3. Install Media and sha1sum

sha1sum i386:
f101e6d01bcfdd55f8ce2bb4a9a4c1dd6d5cc40e  CentOS-5.8-i386-bin-1of7.iso
09bf6762895312dbef0810bc883457d5efe0b0a5  CentOS-5.8-i386-bin-2of7.iso
246cec5bcf343f290d85ac00b51e2c2405fbe6e7  CentOS-5.8-i386-bin-3of7.iso
cc7a91ade43e14dffbcc055b3ac7b09e7656f1e2  CentOS-5.8-i386-bin-4of7.iso
58a55366cd6cbd7635d07263c66909f7ca807fe4  CentOS-5.8-i386-bin-5of7.iso
6d49b5392e1d0576d0e382db297477ef397d4bc5  CentOS-5.8-i386-bin-6of7.iso
adde0d2e49a7a5058b2b78d91a1f847e106e7af7  CentOS-5.8-i386-bin-7of7.iso
a7291b58a4c15c12d8dba82c4ddb202c4c20d3a5  CentOS-5.8-i386-bin-DVD-1of2.iso
a1c3dee04c5d164c71541a4fe053b892b83a5dc7  CentOS-5.8-i386-bin-DVD-2of2.iso
9a0f80243cd7d77c138f3a61ae731346fc142782  CentOS-5.8-i386-netinstall.iso

sha1sum x86_64:
9f3f13bacda39bf8ed62338ce3c098941e4a3f75  CentOS-5.8-x86_64-bin-1of8.iso
df40740df4a7ce856d274e3c4dc9f0e93787a98c  CentOS-5.8-x86_64-bin-2of8.iso
43a6edb7c4acd521f8ce66f5cb04e4d1c320cd93  CentOS-5.8-x86_64-bin-3of8.iso
1addc401c013624b14225d37f7b87de82f5b4c22  CentOS-5.8-x86_64-bin-4of8.iso
a9de8d8c4d136e82df3e91a341bdb178c7114fd0  CentOS-5.8-x86_64-bin-5of8.iso
c015eb07aae8d8466e4e204fd1d2851272bcf15f  CentOS-5.8-x86_64-bin-6of8.iso
6ea6b9af3dc2ae4d936fbcc9aea7f38bf5b972be  CentOS-5.8-x86_64-bin-7of8.iso
e0adb9991fe6dfa5012e22cfaf5ec6d1897f5744  CentOS-5.8-x86_64-bin-8of8.iso
0dd1f669f4ef6242a464e2dc4cfb4054e0c03893  CentOS-5.8-x86_64-bin-DVD-1of2.iso
e62a6538bb51db560d27b558bedbf2a5dc35eb0b  CentOS-5.8-x86_64-bin-DVD-2of2.iso
d692dc567d53f8f6e5e8cdc30acd1b85472cc218  CentOS-5.8-x86_64-netinstall.iso

4. Known Issues

5. Changes

5.1. New packages in 5.8 that were not present in 5.7

5.2. Packages that have been upgraded in 5.8 since the 5.7 release

5.3. Packages removed by upstream in 5.8 that were present in 5.7

5.4. Packages released as 5.7 updates with older packages on the 5.8 install media

These packages are now in the updates repository for CentOS 5.8.

6. Changes made by CentOS

6.1. Packages modified by CentOS

Note: Details of changes can be found in the package changelog. It's also important to keep in mind that most of these packages are only changed to remove upstream branding, as required by their terms of use.

6.2. Packages removed from CentOS that are included upstream

Note: These packages deal with subscriptions to RHN and are not applicable to CentOS

6.3. Packages added by CentOS that are not included upstream

7. How to help and get help

As a CentOS user there are various ways you can help out with the CentOS community. Take a look at our Contribute page for further information on how to get involved.

7.1. Special Interest Groups

CentOS consists of different Special Interest Groups (SIGs) that bring together people with similar interests. The following SIGs already exist:

And we encourage people to join any of these SIGs or start up a new SIG, e.g.

7.2. Mailinglists and Fora

Another way you can help others in the community is by actively helping and resolving problems that users come up against in the mailinglists and the fora.

7.3. Wiki and Website

Even as an inexperienced CentOS user we can use your help. Because we like to know what problems you encountered, if you had problems finding specific information, how you would improve documentation so it becomes more accessible. This kind of feedback is as valuable to others as it would have been to you so your involvement is required to make CentOS better.

So if you want to help out and improve our documentation and wiki, register on the wiki or subscribe to the centos-docs mailinglist.

8. Further Reading

The following websites contain large amounts of information to help people with their CentOS systems :

9. Thanks

We thank everyone involved for helping us produce this product and would like to specifically acknowledge the extra effort made by some very dedicated members of the QA Team. Fabian Arrotin, Akemi Yagi, Athmane Madjoudj, Manuel Wolfshant, Jeff Sheltren and Anssi Johansson were instrumental in enabling us to release 5.8 this quickly.

Copyright (C) 2012 The CentOS Project

Manuals/ReleaseNotes/CentOS5.8 (last edited 2012-03-30 03:54:19 by TimothyLee)