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A new version of CentOS has seen the light of day. It is based on Red Hat Linux Enterprise 8.1 and is loaded with new features focused on server utilization. Although it is not a new major version of the operating system, it is true that this first update is important at the operational level. So today I’m going to show you how to upgrade from CentOS 8 to CentOS 8 (1911). The procedure is quite easy and novice oriented.

Why upgrade from CentOS 8 to CentOS 8 (1911)?

Every time a major upgrade comes out, it is loaded with many new features. So if you want your computer to be more stable and secure, it’s a good idea to have this version.

In addition, there are many new technical features that make the upgrade attractive. We have already talked about these.

CentOS 8 (1911) is available

So let’s go for it.

Upgrade from CentOS 8 to CentOS 8 (1911)?

First open a terminal session on your computer.

If you are using a server, connect to it via SSH.

:~$ ssh [user@host]

Note: To perform this tutorial you need to have root access enabled. If not, then you can do it if the sudo command is enabled.

Check the current version of the system with the following command:

:~$ su
:~# cat /etc/centos-release

1.- Check the current CentOS version
1.- Check the current CentOS version

In the image above you can see that the computer is running version 8.0.1905.

In addition, we will be able to consult the current version of the Linux Kernel:

:~# uname -r

2.- Check the current kernel version
2.- Check the current kernel version

The update is available from the official repositories of the distribution. Then, we can get it through dnf. All you need to do is the following:

:~# dnf update

3.- Upgrade from CentOS 8 to CentOS 8 (1911)
3.- Upgrade from CentOS 8 to CentOS 8 (1911)

And so all the packages of the new version of CentOS 8 that we could call CentOS 8.1 will be downloaded.

Once the installation is complete, reboot the system with the following command:

:~# reboot

Remember, if you made a connection through SSH, it would be cut off. Reconnect to the computer and once logged in, verify the changes:

:~$ su
:~# cat /etc/centos-release

And at once the version of the Linux kernel:

:~# uname -r

4.- CentOS 8 (1911) properly installed
4.- CentOS 8 (1911) properly installed

As you can see we now have the new version of CentOS 8 on our team. It’s as simple as that.

Conclusion

In this short post, you have learned how to upgrade from CentOS 8 to CentOS 8 (1911) directly. This is a minor version that incorporates a series of new features to further improve the capacity of the distribution.

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