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CentOS Room for Improvement

Technical Presales Consultant/ Engineer at a wholesaler/distributor with 10,001+ employees

Unfortunately, Red Hat has changed the direction of the project.

The community is shocked that CentOS is no longer that stable branch, it's that development branch. 

They have now started a new project that some vendors are involved with, which is called Rocky Linux. 

Rocky Linux is a new Linux distribution that continues with what the community started with CentOS. The community now is making creating their own CentOS, because of Red Hat's decision to make this CentOS a test bench.

Most of the vendors in the market right now are making appliances, whether it be a firewall or a storage appliance, and most of them are using CentOS. Imagine the impact this will have on the vendors, on an international level, because they are relying on CentOS to be the most stable Linux distribution, and they chose the solution based on stability.

Red Hat made the decision of making CentOS a test bench, which means it will no longer be stable. Vendors will either push the new unstable update to customers, which is not something they would likely do or they would need to change to another Linux distribution.

It's a major decision for many companies to make. Because it is now a test bench many people are forced to change.

I was using CentOS because it was very stable, and now it's not. Will I use it? No. 

The main reason people use CentOS was because of its stability. Now that the stability has been compromised, no one will use it, unless they are Red Hat developers. The people who are learning Red Hat will also like it. But for us, the community, who might have been relying on CentOS as being a very stable platform, we will discard it.

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Lead Solutions Architect - International Projects at a media company with 501-1,000 employees

Often, the solution doesn't scale as you expect.

I cannot recall if there are features that need improvement or if there's anything that should be added.

For me, it just has to perform and carry our application. I don't really care about how the user interface looks like as we don't use the user interface. We have an application running on it and that needs to be stable and that's the only thing. Therefore, we have no issues with the solution and don't feel it's missing anything.

The solution is stable, however, it could always be even more stable if possible.

CentOS recently announced some changes. I'm not sure what they will be, however, we look forward to seeing what they come out with. 

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D6B8 - PeerSpot reviewer
District Technology at INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT 196

You're getting what you expect (a linux distro). The wizard has gotten better through the years, so maybe they could build more options into the wizard. However, we have scripts that we deploy to overcome this.

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Group Manager at HCL Technologies

The solution could be a bit more user-friendly. In terms of commands, it's all CLI and there isn't any GUI which can make it challenging to use for some people.

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Senior Unix System Administrator at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees

They're changing how they're working, and I really enjoy the easy updates. Now they're going to a streaming version, which I don't like. We want to control the updates manually. We have an application that we don't want to be updated without our knowledge.

If you want to do something special on install, you can. But when they have 68 questions about how you want to install, you answer each one of them. A very simple, default install would be nice.

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Santosh Kurakula - PeerSpot reviewer
Group DWH and BI Senior Manager at Virgin Mobile Middle East and Africa

Integration with other platforms could be improved. There should also be more repositories. There are ways to get data from the repositories, but it could be enhanced.

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Muhammad-Mwinchande - PeerSpot reviewer
Software Developer at NMB Bank

If CentOS could add Office features then that would be beneficial. Additionally, the UI could improve.

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Teaching and research assistant at a university with 201-500 employees

Continuous deployment is the only thing that can be improved.

I would like to see support in the next 10 years. They will discontinue support for some CentOS versions.

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VivekSaini - PeerSpot reviewer
IT Consultant at Aon Corporation

As an open-source solution, there isn't much technical support. 

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3D Artist at Daromex

CentOS is very close to the end of life.

I’d like them to improve the licensing options in the future.

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VaibhavPathrikar - PeerSpot reviewer
Technial Lead at a manufacturing company with 1-10 employees

The YUM install manager can be improved. It is below average as compared to the other install managers. This is the only major problem that I see with CentOS. They should reduce dependency on the YUM manager.

They can improve the help for features. It has so many features, but there is no help. They should provide more information and tutorials. Currently, because of the lack of knowledge or availability of resources, features are getting underutilized.

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Consultant at a educational organization with 11-50 employees

Previous versions were unstable. 

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Group CEO at Mmusi Group

The price could be better. They could add more drivers in terms of peripherals and other things. Add more drivers for the Linux specifications in the next release. Right now, they are just pushing to have more drivers for Windows instead of Linux.

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Senior System Engineer at a computer software company with 501-1,000 employees

In the future, CentOS will no longer be compatible with Red Hat. I would prefer that it remains compatible because when it changes, we will no longer be using it.

What is missing from this product is a real file system like CFS. Having a modern file system is important and in CentOS 7, btrfs was supported. However, in version 8 it has been removed. I don't understand why and I think that it was a very bad move and a very customer-unfriendly thing to do.

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MohammedThousif Ansari - PeerSpot reviewer
Technical Lead at Tata Communications Transformation Services

I would like the integration to be more secure.

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Head Channel and Capacity at a computer software company with 201-500 employees

CentOS could be improved by being more secure. Of course, we use a firewall, but security is always a concern. 

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Senior Engineer at a tech services company with 10,001+ employees

The platform already provides pretty great services. I'm not sure if it is missing any features.

The stability could always be improved.

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Kevin Honde - PeerSpot reviewer
Data Solution Architect at Econet Wireless Zimbabwe

I would like to see more frequent updates.

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Davy MOUSSAVOU - PeerSpot reviewer
Head of Department of operational and compliance at ACE GABON

I'd like to see better integration with Open Stack, because it can be a bit of a struggle. The solution requires a lot of experience on Linux. I'd like to see the GUI become more user-friendly so that someone who doesn't have much experience can use it. 

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Sr Manager - Information Security & Researcher at a tech services company with 1,001-5,000 employees

Going forward, it would be nice to see how the container orchestration technologies are incorporated into this particular operating system baseline. I know that such platforms as OpenShift exist, but containers would basically be the norm. I want to see how CentOS can take it at the ground level up. 

The performance could stand improvement. 

While the solution is already secure, this could be improved. 

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Storage Engineer at a tech services company with 201-500 employees

CentOS is not easy. 

I have searched the command center, but I cannot switch the accounts.

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MIS Specialist at a agriculture with 201-500 employees

We occasionally have issues with software installation. For example, if we want to install a gen framework, we will face some challenges.

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System Engineer at CMC CSI saigon

It could be more secure.

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Data engineer and data analyst at a financial services firm with 201-500 employees

When comparing the GUI of CentOS to Microsoft Windows or Mac, it could improve.

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Manager Tech. & Support (Information Technology) at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

The solution could improve by being more user-friendly.

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Project Manager at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

The solution might be discontinued but I hope that IBM will continue to develop it and improve on the functionally and features.

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Faruk Kutlu - PeerSpot reviewer
Managing Partner at Veribir Ltd

The solution could improve by making the management tools better for the DevOps teams. For example, WebEX and Webstacks.

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Technical Support Specialist at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees

I think the GUI could be merged and expansion simplified; both those things would be an improvement. Upgrading servers could be simplified because increasing the hard disk is quite complex.

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Aakash Sharma - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Technical Architect at HCL Technologies

CentOS could be improved with more user-friendly monitoring.

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Manager at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

The server system is a little bit tough to manage. It is not as easy as I would like it to be.

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Senior manager at SBI Cap security

It would be useful if reporting were included as part of the basic license.

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Taher Dungrawala - PeerSpot reviewer
Delivery head at LTI - Larsen & Toubro Infotech

CentOS could improve by having troubleshooting logs.

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Octavian Enache - PeerSpot reviewer
Information Security Officer at TBI Bank

Like every operating system, it could be more secure.

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IT Specialist at a government with 1,001-5,000 employees

I'd like to see additional security and more coding tools. 

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