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Install Overview for Scientific Linux 3.0.x

Overview of how to download and install Scientific Linux 3.0.x

Ways to install

There are several ways to install Scientific Linux. For this documentation we will only be covering the two main ways. CD-Rom based installs, and Network installs. Depending on which type of install you are planning on doing, will determine what you need to download.
CD-Rom based installs are when the entire install is done with cd-roms. No network is needed. Usually 3 or 4 full sized CD's are required. This is the prefered method of installation when you have a no access to a network, or your access might be slow.
Network based installs are when you boot your machine off a network install media (either floppies or cd-rom), connect to a installation server on the network, and the installation is done by downloading everything, including the installation program, over the network.

CD-ROM based installation

There are 3, and optionally 4, cdrom images that you will need to download. These images can be gotten from the various mirrors, but this documentation will just point to the main repository.
Disk 4 is an optional disk. You will not be asked for it during the install. It has the Source RPM's, the not-supported rpm's, and the contrib area.

The md5sum's of the different iso images are a good thing to check your download against. This will verify that the cd-rom images that you downloaded did not become corrupt in some way.
On a linux machine: download the above cd images into a directory, cd into that directory. Then type "md5sum SL302*", After some processing you will recieve the md5sum of each of the cd images. You then check to make sure each of those numbers are the same as what is in the following file.
On a windows machine: download the above cd images into a directory, get some type of md5sum program for windows (we currently don't have a recommendation, here is a google search for them.), run the md5sum program selecting the iso images that you just downloaded, then check to make sure the md5sum is the same as in the following file.

After you have verified your cd images, you then simple have to burn them onto a cd. Please make sure you are using good cd media. These images have been tested and they do work, but if you have flaky media, all promises are off. And just because it's a name brand, such as imation, does not mean it's good media.
Then place cd1 into your computer. Reboot your computer, and make sure that it will boot off a cd-rom. (Many computers do not do this by default. You may have to change this setting in your bios. You can usually go into your bios, right after you reboot by hitting F1, F2, or the Del key when the machine is very first powering up.)
As your computer boots off the CD, you will see a Scientific Linux install boot screen. You can either wait 60 seconds, or hit enter to start a normal install.
After a few seconds you will be asked if you want to check your cd's to make sure they are good. It is generally a good idea to check them the first time you ever use your media. After you are done checking them, you will move onto the graphical install.
Hopefully, after you are in the installation program, everything is self explanitory.

Networked Based Installation

This section will be edited at a later time.
For now, here is the directory where you can get the network boot media
And here is the document saying what the different things are in the directory README

Created by dawson
Last modified 2004-09-01 03:50 PM

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