How to install XEN 3.4.1 on CentOS 5.4

centosxenWhat is Xen?

The Xen hypervisor, the powerful open source industry standard for virtualization, offers a powerful, efficient, and secure feature set for virtualization of x86, x86_64, IA64, ARM, and other CPU architectures. It supports a wide range of guest operating systems including Windows, Linux, Solaris, and various versions of the BSD operating systems.
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Adding CentOS 5.4 to local YUM Repository

What is CentOS?

CentOS is 100% compatible rebuild of the Red Hat Enterprise Linux, in full compliance with Red Hat’s redistribution requirements. CentOS is for people who need an enterprise class operating system stability without the cost of certification and support.

Following the release of RHEL 5.4, CentOS 5.4 has just hit the CentOS mirrors. Time to update the Local CentOS YUM repository script.

Adding CentOS 5.4 to the YUM repository script

Create the following additional Directories for CentOS 5.4:

Add the CentOS 5.4 repository to the bash script which will rsync your local YUM repository server with a CentOS 5.4 YUM mirror.

CentOS Mirror list –

NB! Please read creating a Local CentOS YUM repository on CentOS 5.x before implementing.

Upgrading from CentOS 5.3 ( or CentOS 5.0 / 5.1 / 5.2 ):

If you are already running CentOS 5.3 or an older CentOS 5 distro, all you need to do is update your machine via yum by running :

CentOS 5.4 released to mirrors


The anticipation for the release of CentOS 5.4 has been an exciting wait. So believe me when I say I was excited to read a blog post by Dag Wieers posted today “So, CentOS 5.4 has been released to mirrors”.

So time to knuckle down and start planning the update from CentOS 5.3 to CentOS 5.4, first step is adding the CentOS 5.4 yum repository to our local yum repository.

The original blog post from Dag Wieers

Google Trends – CentOS

centosCentOS 5.4 will be hitting our local CentOS mirrors and YUM repositories shortly, so in anticipation for the release lets take a look at the history and trends of CentOS 5 releases.

The Google Trend graph below shows a nice steady upwards trend on the generic CentOS search phrase which is a good indication of a growing and stable Linux distribution.

The below Google Trend graph compares the different versions of CentOS 5. What’s great to see is that there is a steady overall growth in the CentOS camp and with every new release, with the previous version tailing off, the newer CentOS version takes the lead and continues the steady upwards trend.