We recently published our support-included AWS image for CentOS 6.8 to the AWS Marketplace.
What does this mean for our current and future users?
Well, first off, CentOS 6.8 is the most recent release in the CentOS 6.x distribution, which is based on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.8, without the cost of purchasing licensing/support directly from Red Hat. This doesn’t mean CentOS isn’t supported, mind you. Quite the contrary. At Rogue Wave Software, we offer various levels of support for CentOS and include 9×5 email support for every Rogue Wave CentOS instance running on AWS EC2. For users who want additional support, Rogue Wave offers additional service contracts to meet business needs.
For our existing CentOS 6.x image users on AWS, you can check to see if your system has already been upgraded to CentOS 6.8 with the following command:
If the output is:
Then you’re already running CentOS 6.8.
If centos-release shows that you’re running an older version of CentOS 6.x, you can upgrade to CentOS 6.8 by executing:
For new users, or existing users who launch new CentOS 6 instances, our CentOS 6.8 image is available, ensuring that the latest and greatest CentOS 6 release is being used.
The full CentOS release notes for version 6.8 are available. The changes most important for our users are:
•VPN updates (libreswan replaces openswan)
• XFS filesystem maximum size has increased from 100TB to 300TB
• TLS 1.2 support has been improved and is now the default protocol for many packages
• SSL v3 and older protocols are now disabled by default
• chrony has replaced ntpd
• Linux kernel update to kernel-2.6.32-642.6.2.el6.x86_64
• Many other package updates, including bug fixes and security patches
Several drivers and packages have also been deprecated or removed, but these should not negatively impact users of our images on AWS.
Users are urged to read the release notes to ensure that the changes in CentOS 6.8 do not cause a problem for their systems.
Our AWS images are minimal by design, taking up as little space as is necessary to provide a fully functional AWS instance. This maximizes the available space for you to customize the instance to meet your specific needs.
Those interested in this, and other Rogue Wave images, can check them out at AWS.
If interested in Rogue Wave Open Source Support, you can learn more.