Just two weeks after Red Hat Enterprise Linux version 4.9 became available, CentOS released its own version of the popular virtual server hosting operating system.
According to a recent report from The H, a CentOS release so soon after Red Hat Enterprise Linux became available is somewhat rare because CentOS developers need to create the code necessary to update the program to its new version.
However, the report said CentOS 4.9 took little to upgrade because it did not include any updated images, which are typically featured through service packs. The reasoning behind this development decision has to do with CentOS 4's age, the report said, as the release edition of Red Hat Enterprise Edition has been available for more than seven years, and will soon be taken off the market.
According to another report from The H, CentOS is among the most popular open source Linux distributions, and should be available in its sixth version shortly. Currently, the company is focusing on updates to version 5.6, and will likely focus on version 6 after those have been completed.