Wednesday, April 01, 2009

CentOS 5.3 is out

I know, it is a little bit out off topic here, and this is not because this is the 1st of April, but because I'm using it as the main host of all my virtual machines, and even if Oracle database software is officially not certified on CentOS, a lot of people are using it as a database server, as a free OS fully RHEL compatible.

Several week after RHEL 5.3, and two-three weeks later OEL 5.3, CentOS is finaly released its own version of 5.3.

If you are on CentOS 5.x (mine is CentOS5.2), it is very easy to upgrade. For some reasons I had to run the yum update a couple of times before taking in account the news packages. But then, everything run fine :

[root@hercules /root]# rpm -q centos-release
centos-release-5-2.el5.centos
[root@hercules /root]# yum list updates
Loading "fastestmirror" plugin
Loading mirror speeds from cached hostfile
* base: mirror.fraunhofer.de
* updates: ftp.belnet.be
* addons: ftp.hosteurope.de
* extras: ftp.hosteurope.de
Updated Packages
NetworkManager.x86_64 1:0.7.0-3.el5 base
NetworkManager-glib.x86_64 1:0.7.0-3.el5 base
[...]the list of update pakages is around 300, I won't post here[...]
[root@hercules /root]# yum update
Loading "fastestmirror" plugin
Loading mirror speeds from cached hostfile
* base: mirror.widexs.nl
* updates: ftp.belnet.be
* addons: ftp.hosteurope.de
* extras: centos.intergenia.de
Setting up Update Process
Resolving Dependencies
--> Running transaction check
---> Package glx-utils.x86_64 0:6.5.1-7.7.el5 set to be updated
---> Package xorg-x11-drv-ati.x86_64 0:6.6.3-3.22.el5 set to be updated
[...]

Transaction Summary
=============================================================================
Install 11 Package(s)
Update 272 Package(s)
Remove 2 Package(s)

Total download size: 363 M
Is this ok [y/N]: y
Downloading Packages:
(1/283): mkinitrd-5.1.19. 100% |=========================| 449 kB 00:01
(2/283): dbus-glib-0.73-8 100% |=========================| 162 kB 00:00
[...]
Complete!
[root@hercules /root]# rpm -q centos-release
centos-release-5-3.el5.centos.1


To check your Linux distribution, you can use :
[root@hercules /root]# more /etc/redhat-release
CentOS release 5.3 (Final)

Don't forget to bounce your server :
[root@hercules /root]# shutdown -r now

Lastly, if you are using VMWare like I do, don't forget to re-configure it :
[root@hercules /]# cd appl/vmware/bin
[root@hercules /appl/vmware/bin]# ./vmware-config.pl
Making sure services for VMware Server are stopped.

Stopping VMware services:
Virtual machine monitor [ OK ]
Bridged networking on /dev/vmnet0 [ OK ]
Bridged networking on /dev/vmnet2 [ OK ]
Virtual ethernet [ OK ]

Configuring fallback GTK+ 2.4 libraries.
[...]
Starting VMware services:
Virtual machine monitor [ OK ]
Virtual ethernet [ OK ]
Bridged networking on /dev/vmnet0 [ OK ]
Bridged networking on /dev/vmnet2 [ OK ]
Starting VMware virtual machines... [ OK ]

The configuration of VMware Server 1.0.8 build-126538 for Linux for this
running kernel completed successfully.

[root@hercules /appl/vmware/bin]#


All is running fine !

Thanks to the CentOS' team, even if this version is coming very late compared to the source.
To go further : http://www.centos.org

Enjoy,

3 comments:

Rob said...

Have you been able to get the vsock module of VMware Server to work in CentOS 5.3? It won't load in mine and I can't figure out why. I installed VMware Server 2.0.1 and the install process completes perfectly, except for the vsock module.

Gasparotto Nicolas said...

I'm using VMWare Server 1.0.8 without any problem.

Rob said...

Hmm, well I must be doing something wrong. Time to go on a research quest on the Internet tubes.