Scientific Linux 5.7 Images and Templates Available For Download

Scientific Linux released version 5.7 yesterday. Minimal 64-bit images/templates are available for Xen, VMWare, KVM and XCP versions.

Scientific Linux 5.7 x86_64 Downloads

From the Scientific Linux Website:
"SL is a Linux release put together by Fermilab, CERN, and various other labs and universities around the world. The base SL distribution is basically Enterprise Linux, recompiled from source."

Changelog (changes from 5.6 images)

This is the first 5.7 release. It is based on the earlier 5.6 release with a few package additions and config changes.

  • Disable services that are not needed in the default configuration, eg iscsi and rawdevices
  • Enable cron and xinetd daemons by default (none of the xinetd managed services are started though)
  • Populate /etc/sysconfig/kernel so that newly installed kernels become the default. The previous config retained the current kernel as default.
  • For full-virtual systems (eg KVM) the initrd now contains virtio_blk drivers allowing the root device to use virtio emulation

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