CentOS 6.5 has been oficially released on the first day of December for i386 and x86_64 architectures. According to the release note, this version of CentOS includes many fundamental changes compared with the past CentOS-6 releases. CentOS 6.5 fully supports The Precision Time Protocol it comes with updated OpenSSL (has been updated to version 1.0.1) which now supports TLS 1.1 and 1.2. What else?
Hyper-V and VMware drivers have been updated, NSS now supports TLS 1.1 and 1.2 and the following drivers support network time stamping:
Note: This release of the Enterprise-class Linux distribution (CentOS) includes deprecated features too. There are many packages such as mingw-gcc, mingw-boost, mingw32-qpid-cpp, python-qmf and others that may get removed in future releases. Also, matahari is no longer available with 6.5 as it was mentioned with the release of 6.4.
Other packages that may get removed from future releases of CentOS include:
What about installation and upgrade?
If you are thinking to upgrade from CentOS-4 or CentOS-5, don't do that. In the CentOS announcement is recommended to run through a reinstall rather than attempt an inplace upgrade from CentOS-4 or CentOS-5. Upgrading from CentOS-6.0, 6.1, 6.2, 6.3, or 6.4 ? Just open a new terminal, run the following command and your machine will move to CentOS-6.5 from any previous CentOS-6.x release.
You can do a full installation with only the first DVD from the installation kit (the installation kit is split into two DVDs).