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Scientific Linux 3.0.4

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Scientific Linux is delivered on seven CD-ROMs consisting of
installation CD-ROMs and source code CD-ROMs.

The first Installation CD-ROM can be directly booted into the installation
on most modern systems, and contains the following directory structure
(where /mnt/cdrom is the mount point of the CD-ROM):

|----> SL
| |----> RPMS -- binary packages
| `----> base -- information on this release of Scientific
| Linux used by the installation
| process
|----> dosutils -- installation utilities for DOS
|----> images -- boot and driver disk images
|----> isolinux -- Files used for booting from CD
|----> README -- this file
|----> RELEASE-NOTES -- the latest information about this release
| of Scientific Linux
`----> RPM-GPG-KEY -- GPG signature for packages from Red Hat

The remaining Installation CD-ROMs are similar to Installation CD-ROM 1,
except that only the SL subdirectory is present.

The directory layout of all Source Code CD-ROMs are as follows:

|----> SRPMS -- source packages
`----> RPM-GPG-KEY -- GPG signature for packages from Red Hat

If you are setting up an installation tree for NFS, FTP, or HTTP
installations, you must copy the RELEASE-NOTES files and all files from
the SL directory on all Installation CD-ROMs. On Linux and UNIX
systems, the following process will properly configure the
/target/directory on your server (repeat for each disc):

1. Insert CD-ROM

2. mount /mnt/cdrom

3. cp -a /mnt/cdrom/SL /target/directory

4. cp /mnt/cdrom/RELEASE-NOTES* /target/directory (Installation CD 1

5. umount /mnt/cdrom


Many computers can now automatically boot from CD-ROMs. If you have such a
machine (and it is properly configured) you can boot the Scientific
Linux Installation CD-ROM 1 directly without using any boot
diskettes. After booting, the Scientific Linux installation
program will start, and you will be able to install your system from the

If your computer must use a boot diskette to start the Scientific
Linux installation process, you must use one or more image files to create
the necessary diskettes. You can find the necessary image files in the
images/ directory. This directory contains the following image files:

o bootdisk.img -- primary boot diskette image file

o drvblock.img -- image file containing supplemental block device

o drvnet.img -- image file containing supplemental network drivers

o pcmciadd.img -- PCMCIA driver image file

A diskette created from the the bootdisk.img file is used to boot all
installations, no matter what installation method you select.

In addition, if you are performing anything other than a CD-ROM or hard
disk installation using only IDE/ATAPI devices, you must also create one
or more driver diskettes using one or more of the driver diskette image

A diskette created from the drvblock.img file is required when the system
contains any non-IDE mass storage devices (such as SCSI disk or CD-ROM
drives) that are to be used during the installation.

A diskette created from the drvnet.img file is required when a
network-based installation method is to be used.

A diskette created from the pcmciadd.img file is required when PCMCIA
devices (such as a PCMCIA-based CD-ROM drive or network adapter) are to be
used during the installation.

To write any of these image files to a diskette, use either the rawrite
program in the dosutils/ directory, or dd under any Linux-like system.
These programs will transfer the contents of the image file to a diskette.
Once the necessary diskettes have been created, insert the boot diskette
and boot your machine.

The images/ directory contains the file boot.iso. This file is an ISO
image that can be used to boot the Scientific Linux installation
program. It is a handy way to start network-based installations without
having to use multiple diskettes. To use boot.iso, your computer must be
able to boot from its CD-ROM drive, and its BIOS settings must be
configured to do so. You must then burn boot.iso onto a
recordable/rewriteable CD-ROM.


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understands that certain of the software are subject to export controls
under the U.S. Commerce Departments Export Administration Regulations
(EAR); (b) is not located in a prohibited destination country under the
EAR or U.S. sanctions regulations (currently Cuba, Iran, Iraq, Libya,
North Korea, Sudan and Syria); (c) will not export, re-export, or transfer
the software to any prohibited destination, entity, or individual without
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Government; (d) will not use or transfer the software for use in any
sensitive nuclear, chemical or biological weapons, or missile technology
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States and exports or transfers the Software to eligible end users, it
will, as required by EAR Section 741.17(e), submit semi-annual reports to
the Commerce Departments Bureau of Industry & Security (BIS), which
include the name and address (including country) of each transferee; and
(f) understands that countries other than the United States may restrict
the import, use, or export of encryption products and that it shall be
solely responsible for compliance with any such import, use, or export
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