Centos 6.3 has been available on the mirrors for around a week -which means the Centos devs have managed to push out two point releases of thei re-compiled RHEL6.x just weeks after Red Hat themselves released the ‘real deal’ upstream. Given it took them something like nine months to replicate RHEL6.0 and many months to achieve a 6.1, their good form on the 6.2 and 6.3 tracks looks reassuring.
So much so that I’ve re-installed it as my primary desktop (though only as a dual boot with Windows, given that I’m forced to use Windows at work).
There is absolutely nothing about RHEL6.3/Centos6.3 which is particularly exciting from my point of view. The big plusses are that it ships with LibreOffice by default, not OpenOffice; Firefox 10.x, not ye ancient 3.6; and Oracle 11.2 installs on it perfectly (a Gladstone update will follow shortly)
The big thumbs-downers are: Stellarium still doesn’t work properly on my rig when installed via yum: you still have to go the self-compile route. Twin monitors work by default, but the in-built config tool doesn’t let you choose which one is the main monitor (I like mine to be the right-hand one, which isn’t allowed). To get that sort of control, you still have to download NVidia’s proprietary drivers. And, perhaps more surprisingly, I couldn’t get Rhythmbox to play my FLAC files by default (the Movie Player application did, but not the default audio application… go figure!).
Other than those little niggles (all of which can be worked around), it’s a nice, stable, slightly boring, Gnome 2 (Thank God!) desktop that I like a lot.