Released CentOS 7.2 (1511) with improved features

CentOS Project proudly announce the latest release of CentOS 7 (1511) on December 14, 2015 based on RHEL 7.2. I don’t know why the released little different version number CentOS 7 (1511) instead of CentOS 7.2. Still they are pulling updates to repository after froze the ISO. We can accomplish all the updated simply by running “yum update”.

This release included the Debuginfo packages which will install by default and this will help to get the issues & feedback from user to do R&D indepth for future releases.

Due to space & bandwidth constraints, They didn’t included LiveCD images. Also they advise us to use torrents to get initial installer images.

Cloud : OpenStack full functional package are available in CentOS 7 and we can install in by running “yum install centos-release-openstack-liberty” This was completely tested with by RDO Project. Also they included AWS & docker images as well and plan to add Microsoft Azure Cloud in upcoming releases.

Virtualization : The included lots of virtualization and hypervisor technology projects such as Xen, oVirt, Docker with latest releases and you can install ovirt node by running “yum install centos-release-ovirt36” & KVM “yum install centos-release-qemu-ev”.

Storage : Storages are included into the main repos such as Gluster Project, Ceph, OpenAFS, SCST and you can install it by running “yum install centos-release-gluster37”.

Important Changes

  • Since release 1503 (abrt>= 2.1.11-19.el7.centos.0.1) CentOS-7 can report bugs directly to You can find information about that feature at this page
  • sudo is now capable of verifying command checksums
  • A Kerberos https proxy is now available for identity management
  • NSS no longer accepts DH key parameters < 768 nor RSA/DSA certificates with key sizes < 1024 bits, NSS also now enables TLS1.1/1.2 by default
  • various packages now support TLS1.1/1.2 and EC ciphers
  • The maximum number of SCSI LUNs has been increased
  • The virt-v2v command line tool is now fully supported
  • dd can now show transfer progress
  • OpenJDK7 now supports ECC for TLS connections
  • TPM version 2.0 driver level support has been added
  • tcpdump now supports nanosecond timestamps
  • Various updates to the networking stack (i.e. VXLANs, Data Center TCP, TCP/IP Stack, IPSec, …)
  • Various atomic related packages have been updated
  • Update to the libATA, FCoE and DCB storage drivers
  • Updates to various storage, network and graphics drivers
  • Anaconda now supports NFS when adding additional repos during install
  • Major rebases for the following: Gnome from 3.8 to 3.14, KDE from 4.3 to 4.14, Xorg-X11-Server from 1.15 to 1.17, libreoffice from 4.2.8 to 4.3.7. openldap from 2.4.39 to 2.4.40 and more.
  • CentOS 7 (1511) Release Announcement
  • CentOS 7 (1511) Release Notes

Note : 1) Don’t forget to take backup of your important/valuable data. If something goes wrong we will install freshly and restore the data.
2) Upgrade will take time based on your internet connection

How to Upgrade CentOS to latest version

Use the below commands to upgrade your system from CentOS 7.1.

# Removing cached packages and headers #
# yum clean all

# Upgrading the system #
# yum update

# Reboot the system #
# reboot or init 6

# Check the upgraded version #
# cat /etc/*-release
CentOS Linux release 7.2.1511 (Core) 
NAME="CentOS Linux"
VERSION="7 (Core)"
ID_LIKE="rhel fedora"
PRETTY_NAME="CentOS Linux 7 (Core)"


CentOS Linux release 7.2.1511 (Core) 
CentOS Linux release 7.2.1511 (Core) 

Enjoy new feature with CentOS 7 (1511)

Magesh Maruthamuthu

Love to play with all Linux distribution

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