cAos is a community of open source contributors and users. cAos users are organizations and individuals who do not need strong commercial support in order to achieve successful operation.
Our goals are:
- Provide free, stable, enterprise-level Linux solutions,
- Maintain community standards,
- Utilize the most current packages where possible,
- Achieve longevitity, and
- Meet the needs of users and developers.
The kernel and almost every application that makes up a Linux distribution are free and are supported by their respective development groups. cAos is simply a effort to integrate these components into usable, stable products.
There are two main projects, cAos and CentOS, plus Cinch, the cAos installer.
cAos is the initial project (thus the name). This is a new distribution, with a goal of using all pristine (unforked and unpatched) sources from the developers whenever possible.
cAos also hosts two Enterprise Linux solutions, CentOS-2 and CentOS-3, based on Redhat Enterprise Linux 2.1 AS and 3 ES respectively, and in full compliance with RedHat’s redistribution requirements.
- The Cinch installer allows installation either from a single 1.4 Mb floppy and an internet connection (for best results, broadband or faster), or from a single CD ISO.
If you want to help, join in on the fun or just lurk, here are some good ways to follow development:
cAos is like PBS -- we need your support!
- Log into our IRC channels #cAos and #centos at irc.freenode.net
- Join our mailing list
- Request an account to become a package maintainer by filling out the new user request form at
- Provide financial support, either by purchasing cAos products or making tax-deductible contributions.
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