stands for Community Enterprise OperatingSystem, is the result of a group of open sourcecontributors and users working together to developLinux solutions that are freely available to users whodo not require a great deal of commercial support toachieve their goal
Centos dedicated servers were designed basedon Red Hats product, Red Hat Enterprise Linux.Although the Red Hat Linux server is made entirely offree and open source software, it is only distributed tothe public in binary form (including CD-ROM andDVD-ROM) at a fee paid by subscribers. However,Red Hat does release its source code for its productunder the terms of the GNU General Public License.
So the use of the code for the creation of theCentOS Linux distribution is an entirely valid andacceptable practice. The distribution of CentOSproducts completely complies with Red Hatsredistribution policy.The CentOS server is almost identical to the Red Hatproduct except that it is modified to remove all RedHat branding and artwork. CentOS and its Linuxsolutions are not in any way affiliated with orsupported by Red Hat, Inc.
CentOS is available free of charge. Technicalsupport is primarily provided by the community viaofficial mailing lists, web forums, and chat rooms. Theproject is not affiliated with Red Hat and thus receivesno financial or logistical support from the company;instead, the CentOS Project relies on donations fromusers and organizational sponsors.
Company / developer The CentOS ProjectOS family Unix-like (based on RHEL)Source model Free and open sourcesoftwareInitial release 03:32:38, May 14, 2004Latest stable release 5.9 (January 17, 2013;days ago)Marketing target Free computing (desktops,mainframes, servers,workstations)Available language(s) MultilingualPackage manager RPM Package ManagerKernel type Monolithic (Linux)Default user interface GNOME and KDE (user-selectable)License GNU GPL & various
Lets Install the Centos 6.3 Insert Centos 6.3 DVD in the DVD ROM Follow The Instructions.
Choose this option for fresh installationor to upgrade the previous Linuxoperating system installed on yoursystem