CentOS 6.5 Released – Upgrade from CentOS 6.x to CentOS 6.5

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On 1 December 2013, CentOS project team has announced the release of CentOS 6.5 Enterprise Linux for both i386 and x86_64 system architecture. This release was their fifth update in the CentOS 6.x series and bundled with lots of new features, new functionalities and many bug fixes.

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CentOS 6.5 is an open source community driven Linux operating system that purely based on upstream release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (EL) 6.5. This new release involves software packages from all variants including Server and Client.

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This release includes many essential features and changes as compared to previous CentOS version and I strongly suggest you all to read the release notes about the changes.

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What’s new in CentOS 6.5

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• The Precision Time Protocol – before a technology preview – is now fully supported. Enabled support for network time stamping: bnx2x, tg3, e1000e, igb, ixgbe, and sfc;rn• OpenSSL has been updated to version 1.0.1;rn• OpenSSL and NSS now support TLS 1.1 and 1.2;rn• A number of renovation have been implemented for KVM, which combine read-only support of VMDK- and VHDX-Files, CPU hot plugging, and updated virt-v2v-/virt-p2v-conversion tools;rn• The Hyper-V and VMware drivers have been updated;rn• Evolution has been updated to version 2.32 and LibreOffice to version 4.0.4;rn• A number of features have been deprecated, which includes matahari, mingw-gcc, mingw-boost, mingw32-qpid-cpp, python-qmf, python-qpid, qpid-cpp, qpid-qmf, qpid-tests, qpid-tools, ruby-qpid, and saslwrapper.

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CentOS 6.5 Screenshot

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Upgrade to CentOS 6.5
Upgrade from CentOS 6.x to CentOS 6.5

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Upgrading from CentOS 6.x to CentOS 6.5

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You can easily upgrade from any earlier CentOS 6.1, 6.2, 6.3 and 6.4 version to CentOS 6.5 using “yum update” command from the command-line. Before updating, check out existing version, if you are running any.

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[[emailxa0protected] ~]# cat /etc/redhat-releasernCentOS release 6.4 (Final)

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The upgrade process is much easier and straight forward, all you have to do is simple run the “yum update” command. But before heading-up for upgrade, I suggest you all to take backup of important files, databases, configuration files etc.

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Next, run the ‘yum list updates‘ command to list down all the available list of updates. The update list gives better idea about what packages are going for updates.

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[[emailxa0protected] ~]# yum list updates

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Sample Output

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Loaded plugins: fastestmirror, refresh-packagekitrnLoading mirror speeds from cached hostfilern* base: mirrors.hns.net.inrnbasetttttttt| 3.7 kB     00:00rncentosec                                                        | 2.6 kB     00:00rnupdates                                                         | 3.5 kB     00:00rnupdates/primary_db   rnLoaded plugins: fastestmirror, refresh-packagekitrnLoading mirror speeds from cached hostfilern * base: mirrors.hns.net.inrn * extras: mirrors.hns.net.inrn * updates: mirrors.hns.net.inrnUpdated PackagesrnNetworkManager.i686                  1:0.8.1-43.el6                    basernNetworkManager-glib.i686             1:0.8.1-43.el6                    basernNetworkManager-gnome.i686            1:0.8.1-43.el6                    basernORBit2.i686                          2.14.17-3.2.el6_3                 basernPackageKit.i686                      0.5.8-21.el6                      basernPackageKit-device-rebind.i686        0.5.8-21.el6                      basernPackageKit-glib.i686                 0.5.8-21.el6                      basernPackageKit-gtk-module.i686           0.5.8-21.el6                      basernPackageKit-yum.i686                  0.5.8-21.el6                      basernPackageKit-yum-plugin.i686           0.5.8-21.el6                      basernalsa-utils.i686                      1.0.22-5.el6                      basernauthconfig.i686                      6.1.12-13.el6                     basernauthconfig-gtk.i686                  6.1.12-13.el6                     basernautomake.noarch                      1.11.1-4.el6                      basernavahi.i686                           0.6.25-12.el6                     basernavahi-autoipd.i686                   0.6.25-12.el6                     basernavahi-glib.i686                      0.6.25-12.el6                     basernavahi-libs.i686                      0.6.25-12.el6                     basernbash.i686                            4.1.2-14.el6                      basernbfa-firmware.noarch                  3.0.3.1-1.el6                     basern...

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Once you’ve list of available updates, next type the following command to upgrade from any CentOS 6.x to CentOS 6.5. (Important: Please note this is the only official way to upgrade).

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[[emailxa0protected] ~]# yum update

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Sample Output

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Loaded plugins: fastestmirror, refresh-packagekitrnLoading mirror speeds from cached hostfilern * base: mirrors.hns.net.inrn * extras: mirrors.hns.net.inrn * updates: mirrors.hns.net.inrnSetting up Update ProcessrnResolving Dependenciesrn--> Running transaction checkrn---> Package NetworkManager.i686 1:0.8.1-33.el6 will be updatedrn---> Package NetworkManager.i686 1:0.8.1-43.el6 will be an updatern---> Package NetworkManager-glib.i686 1:0.8.1-33.el6 will be updatedrn---> Package NetworkManager-glib.i686 1:0.8.1-43.el6 will be an updatern---> Package NetworkManager-gnome.i686 1:0.8.1-33.el6 will be updatedrn---> Package NetworkManager-gnome.i686 1:0.8.1-43.el6 will be an updatern---> Package ORBit2.i686 0:2.14.17-3.1.el6 will be updatedrn---> Package ORBit2.i686 0:2.14.17-3.2.el6_3 will be an updatern---> Package PackageKit.i686 0:0.5.8-20.el6 will be updatedrn---> Package PackageKit.i686 0:0.5.8-21.el6 will be an updatern---> Package PackageKit-device-rebind.i686 0:0.5.8-20.el6 will be updatedrn---> Package PackageKit-device-rebind.i686 0:0.5.8-21.el6 will be an updatern---> Package PackageKit-glib.i686 0:0.5.8-20.el6 will be updatedrn---> Package PackageKit-glib.i686 0:0.5.8-21.el6 will be an updatern---> Package PackageKit-gtk-module.i686 0:0.5.8-20.el6 will be updatedrn---> Package PackageKit-gtk-module.i686 0:0.5.8-21.el6 will be an updatern...rnTotal size: 442 MrnTotal download size: 339 MrnIs this ok [y/N]: yrnDownloading Packages:rn(1/297): gnome-power-manager-2.28.3-7.el6_4.i686.rpm                                 | 2.9 MB     00:01rn(2/297): gnome-screensaver-2.28.3-24.el6.i686.rpm   (1%) 13% [========               ] 335 kB/s | 587 kB     00:11 ETA

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The upgrade process might take up-to 15-30mins depending upon your network speed. Once upgrade process completes, run the following command to verify your system version.

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[[emailxa0protected] ~]# cat /etc/redhat-releasernrnCentOS release 6.5 (Final)rn

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Download CentOS 6.5 ISO Images

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If you are looking for fresh CentOS 6.5 installation, then download .iso images using the following download links for 32-bit or 64-bit architectures and follow the installation guide.

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  1. Download CentOS 6.5 DVD ISO Images
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  3. CentOS 6.5 Installation Guide
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