CentOS is an abbrevation for Community ENTerprise Operating System. The source code for CentOS is based on the commercial distribution Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL). RHEL is a commercial based product, but it is licensed under the GNU General Public License. This allows CentOS developers to use a commercially built operating system freely because it is open source. CentOS' commercial backing increases the rate of updates released making it an extremely powerful, stable and secure operating system. These are just a few of the reasons why CentOS is one of the most popular choices among all of the available Linux OS variations.
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