ClearOS Core 6.1 Alpha1 released

Posted by: Dave Loper

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ClearFoundation announces the release of ClearOS Core 6.1 Alpha 1. This release is intended for testing and proof of concept for new line of operating systems for servers and workstations. To download the torrent please visit the download section or visit linuxtracker.org.

ClearOS Core is an enterprise Linux distribution for server and desktop environments. It is a free and open source rebuild of a prominent North American Linux distribution. The goal is to provide near binary equivalency and functionality that exists in the upstream distribution, including bugs. Additionally, ClearFoundation strives to release versions, updates and patches in a timely and professional manner (the goal for updates is 48 hours or less). Most of the source code in ClearOS Core is GPL. ClearFoundation reserves all rights on its own service marks, trademarks and graphics not specifically designated as open source.

ClearOS Core is the result of the hard work of many individuals worldwide who have given their time and talent to open source. ClearFoundation is grateful for the dedicated efforts of our upstream sources provider. ClearFoundation is not affiliated, associated or supported by the company which produces the upstream prominent North American Linux distribution or the Fedora™ Project. ClearOS Core is built from publicly available and open source SRPMS and as such it is an alternative and not an exact replacement to the prominent North American Linux distribution.

ClearOS Core is the base for ClearOS Enterprise. It is intended for advanced Linux administrators who want a high level of scalability and control over their Linux environments.

 

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Piotr Smalira
My Mirror
written by Piotr Smalira , June 06, 2011
I have uploaded ISO of ClearOS Core 6.1 Alpha 1 to my server. I will upload to it every new release of ClearOS.

You can reach iso at: http://smalira.com/ClearOS/iso
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Christer Jonassen
Sweet
written by Christer Jonassen , June 06, 2011
Getting a quite decent 2,4 MB/s download speed via torrent :D
I'l force seed this one ;)
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Christer Jonassen
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written by Christer Jonassen , June 06, 2011
Turns out I had the scheduler activated, maxed out at 3 MB/s now :)
Roughly 10 minutes till I can test out the Alpha!
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anzi bagus darmawan
NIce....
written by anzi bagus darmawan , June 06, 2011
I'm sure, ClearOS will thrive in the presence of ClearOS core... go CleaR..
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Jim Robinson
Aha!
written by Jim Robinson , June 06, 2011
Really looking forward to this release!
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Jean-Philippe Baril
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written by Jean-Philippe Baril , June 06, 2011
Am I right to think of Clear OS Core as a new "CentOS" alternative on which will then be based Clear OS (Enterprise) ?
It would be nice if it is. This will be good publicity for Clear foundation and will probably bring new costumers to ClearSDN.
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written by Dave Loper , June 07, 2011
Jean-Philippe,

You are correct. ClearOS Core is NOT a replacement for ClearOS Enterprise but rather a building block. Users of Core will be your traditional Linux gurus that need the functionality of the upstream provider, the freeness of CentOS and cadence of timely and quality of ClearFoundation.

It will be possible to convert a ClearOS Core server to ClearOS Enterprise but we don't forsee the path going the other way. ClearOS Core is like "Plain Chocolate Ice Cream" and ClearOS Enterprise is like "Rocky Road Ice Cream". You can recreate "Rocky Road" from Chocolate but you need time and effort.

Consider, ClearOS Enterprise is not a good fit if you want to run Linux as your desktop. It is not the focus. But ClearOS Core could be used as a Linux desktop.

We understand that this may be confusing for some people but for the most part, existing ClearOS Enterprise Enterprise users will not need to use Core but if they dig into elements of Core, they may find some useful technologies that will work in ClearOS Enterprise. For example, we sometimes use non-traditional elements of CentOS on ClearOS Enterprise 5.2 to resolve certain functionality issues. We can do this because ClearOS Enterprise 5.2 is based on CentOS. ClearOS Core extends this functionality by making the packages and repositories more seamless. This is important for community module developers because it adds a repo of packages that are specifically tested against the exact libraries and kernels and not merely 'compatible' ones.
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caseyellow
Support Length?
written by caseyellow , June 07, 2011
Thanks for the informative post, Dave.

I'm curious to know how long you guys plan to support each major release? I believe CentOS was stating at least 3 years from each major release (e.g. CentOS 4.0/5.0). Can you clarify what your plans are?

Thanks!
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Xiao-Long Chen
i*86 edition?
written by Xiao-Long Chen , June 07, 2011
Is there going to be a x86 version of ClearOS 6.0? ClearOS 5.2 is running happily on my old Pentium 3 computer, but I'd like to upgrade to test out some of the new features :D

Keep up the good work :D
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written by Dave Loper , June 08, 2011
By x86 I assume you mean x86_64. ClearOS Enterprise 6.0 will have both 32 and 64 bit support. That being said, 32bit is faster on some applications than 64 bit (depends on a lot of factors) and I would only recommend 64 bit if you actually need to exceed the limits of 32 bit or on any system that could reasonably upgraded to exceed the 32 bit limits.
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written by Dave Loper , June 08, 2011
@caseyellow Currently, we support those with the premium updates service (paid) on the Enterprise version for as long as the upstream vendor does. We have not yet decided on the update support structure for Core. At a minimum it will be 18 months from release, at a maximum it may be throughout its entire life from the upstream vendor. My bet is the later.
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Xiao-Long Chen
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written by Xiao-Long Chen , June 08, 2011
@Dave Loper

Sorry, I should have been a little bit more specific. I meant 32 bit support. I don't see a 32 bit version of this alpha (only x86_64), which is why I asked.
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written by Dave Loper , June 10, 2011
Look for 32 bit in the beta, we will not be releasing a 32 bit alpha1. Sorry for the confusion.
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Xiao-Long Chen
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written by Xiao-Long Chen , June 10, 2011
Awesome. Looking forward to testing the beta. In the meantime, I'll just use a virtual machine.
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Piotr Smalira
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written by Piotr Smalira , June 11, 2011
Since 06.06 ClearOS Core 6.1 Alpha1 has been downloaded from my mirror 2346 times. ClearOS rules! :)
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Kadek Wikrama
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written by Kadek Wikrama , August 09, 2011
Like thisssss
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