Version 6 of CentOS, a popular open source Linux distribution frequently used in virtual private server hosting plans, will likely come out in the near future.
According to a recent eWeek report, the recent release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux version 6 is a sure sign that CentOS 6 is on its way.
The report said the primary difference between Red Hat's program and CentOS is the technical support that typically comes with Red Hat Linux. However, what CentOS lacks in customer support, it makes up in its completely free nature. This makes it an ideal platform for testing or basic operating system installations.
Overall, 2011 is set to be a big year for new Linux distributions, the report said, as Ubuntu and Debian are also close to new version releases.
A recent report from Linux Magazine said the CentOS 6 release is actually running a bit slow. Historically, the report said, CentOS is released approximately one month after the new Red Hat Linux distribution. It has now been a few months since Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 released, and little is known about CentOS 6's release date.