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First impressions of CentOS 7

Posted by kwame on January 24, 2015 – 2:37 am

centos7-logoCentOS 7 has been out for a while now and it’s time to get busy with it and exploring this new version.
Some major changes have taken place in this version and I’ll list them here with no specific order.

The first thing you’ll see is that the installer is now the same as the one used in Fedora, you can still drop to the text mode install but if you use the GUI installer it’s just about the same as the one Fedora uses.

During the partitioning you’ll see that the filesystem chosen by default is now xfs and not ext4, even though it’s still available (ext4). It’s kind of a surprise that xfs was chosen as the default over ext4, specially considering that the last recorded updates for xfs date from 2013 http://xfs.org/index.php/XFS_Status_Updates. Now, talking about the nice features of xfs, it’s very powerful, it allows you to create incremental backups and from what I read in the documentation, it has the ability to suspend and resume in-progress dumps. If you are serious about migrating to CentOS 7 in the near future, xfs is definitively something you need to get your head around.

I’ll continue in another post my review of CentOS 7


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