On 1 December 2013, CentOS project team has announced the release of CentOS 6.5 Enterprise Linux for both i386 and x86_64 system architecture. This release was their fifth update in the CentOS 6.x series and bundled with lots of new features, new functionalities and many bug fixes.
CentOS 6.5 is an open source community driven Linux operating system that purely based on upstream release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (EL) 6.5. This new release involves software packages from all variants including Server and Client.
This release includes many essential features and changes as compared to previous CentOS version and I strongly suggest you all to read the release notes about the changes.
What’s new in CentOS 6.5
• The Precision Time Protocol – before a technology preview – is now fully supported. Enabled support for network time stamping: bnx2x, tg3, e1000e, igb, ixgbe, and sfc; • OpenSSL has been updated to version 1.0.1; • OpenSSL and NSS now support TLS 1.1 and 1.2; • A number of renovation have been implemented for KVM, which combine read-only support of VMDK- and VHDX-Files, CPU hot plugging, and updated virt-v2v-/virt-p2v-conversion tools; • The Hyper-V and VMware drivers have been updated; • Evolution has been updated to version 2.32 and LibreOffice to version 4.0.4; • A number of features have been deprecated, which includes matahari, mingw-gcc, mingw-boost, mingw32-qpid-cpp, python-qmf, python-qpid, qpid-cpp, qpid-qmf, qpid-tests, qpid-tools, ruby-qpid, and saslwrapper.
CentOS 6.5 Screenshot
Upgrading from CentOS 6.x to CentOS 6.5
You can easily upgrade from any earlier CentOS 6.1, 6.2, 6.3 and 6.4 version to CentOS 6.5 using “yum update” command from the command-line. Before updating, check out existing version, if you are running any.
[root@tecmint ~]# cat /etc/redhat-release CentOS release 6.4 (Final)
The upgrade process is much easier and straight forward, all you have to do is simple run the “yum update” command. But before heading-up for upgrade, I suggest you all to take backup of important files, databases, configuration files etc.
Next, run the ‘yum list updates‘ command to list down all the available list of updates. The update list gives better idea about what packages are going for updates.
[root@tecmint ~]# yum list updates
Loaded plugins: fastestmirror, refresh-packagekit Loading mirror speeds from cached hostfile * base: mirrors.hns.net.in base | 3.7 kB 00:00 centosec | 2.6 kB 00:00 updates | 3.5 kB 00:00 updates/primary_db Loaded plugins: fastestmirror, refresh-packagekit Loading mirror speeds from cached hostfile * base: mirrors.hns.net.in * extras: mirrors.hns.net.in * updates: mirrors.hns.net.in Updated Packages NetworkManager.i686 1:0.8.1-43.el6 base NetworkManager-glib.i686 1:0.8.1-43.el6 base NetworkManager-gnome.i686 1:0.8.1-43.el6 base ORBit2.i686 2.14.17-3.2.el6_3 base PackageKit.i686 0.5.8-21.el6 base PackageKit-device-rebind.i686 0.5.8-21.el6 base PackageKit-glib.i686 0.5.8-21.el6 base PackageKit-gtk-module.i686 0.5.8-21.el6 base PackageKit-yum.i686 0.5.8-21.el6 base PackageKit-yum-plugin.i686 0.5.8-21.el6 base alsa-utils.i686 1.0.22-5.el6 base authconfig.i686 6.1.12-13.el6 base authconfig-gtk.i686 6.1.12-13.el6 base automake.noarch 1.11.1-4.el6 base avahi.i686 0.6.25-12.el6 base avahi-autoipd.i686 0.6.25-12.el6 base avahi-glib.i686 0.6.25-12.el6 base avahi-libs.i686 0.6.25-12.el6 base bash.i686 4.1.2-14.el6 base bfa-firmware.noarch 220.127.116.11-1.el6 base ...
Once you’ve list of available updates, next type the following command to upgrade from any CentOS 6.x to CentOS 6.5. (Important: Please note this is the only official way to upgrade).
[root@tecmint ~]# yum update
Loaded plugins: fastestmirror, refresh-packagekit Loading mirror speeds from cached hostfile * base: mirrors.hns.net.in * extras: mirrors.hns.net.in * updates: mirrors.hns.net.in Setting up Update Process Resolving Dependencies --> Running transaction check ---> Package NetworkManager.i686 1:0.8.1-33.el6 will be updated ---> Package NetworkManager.i686 1:0.8.1-43.el6 will be an update ---> Package NetworkManager-glib.i686 1:0.8.1-33.el6 will be updated ---> Package NetworkManager-glib.i686 1:0.8.1-43.el6 will be an update ---> Package NetworkManager-gnome.i686 1:0.8.1-33.el6 will be updated ---> Package NetworkManager-gnome.i686 1:0.8.1-43.el6 will be an update ---> Package ORBit2.i686 0:2.14.17-3.1.el6 will be updated ---> Package ORBit2.i686 0:2.14.17-3.2.el6_3 will be an update ---> Package PackageKit.i686 0:0.5.8-20.el6 will be updated ---> Package PackageKit.i686 0:0.5.8-21.el6 will be an update ---> Package PackageKit-device-rebind.i686 0:0.5.8-20.el6 will be updated ---> Package PackageKit-device-rebind.i686 0:0.5.8-21.el6 will be an update ---> Package PackageKit-glib.i686 0:0.5.8-20.el6 will be updated ---> Package PackageKit-glib.i686 0:0.5.8-21.el6 will be an update ---> Package PackageKit-gtk-module.i686 0:0.5.8-20.el6 will be updated ---> Package PackageKit-gtk-module.i686 0:0.5.8-21.el6 will be an update ... Total size: 442 M Total download size: 339 M Is this ok [y/N]: y Downloading Packages: (1/297): gnome-power-manager-2.28.3-7.el6_4.i686.rpm | 2.9 MB 00:01 (2/297): gnome-screensaver-2.28.3-24.el6.i686.rpm (1%) 13% [======== ] 335 kB/s | 587 kB 00:11 ETA
The upgrade process might take up-to 15-30mins depending upon your network speed. Once upgrade process completes, run the following command to verify your system version.
[root@tecmint ~]# cat /etc/redhat-release CentOS release 6.5 (Final)
Download CentOS 6.5 ISO Images
If you are looking for fresh CentOS 6.5 installation, then download .iso images using the following download links for 32-bit or 64-bit architectures and follow the installation guide.