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Scientific Linux 3.0.4

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for distribution terms.

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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
|----> images -- LS-120 and CD-ROM boot image
|----> 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

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.

The Scientific Linux installation program can also be booted from
an LS-120 disk. If you did not receive an LS-120 boot disk with this
product, the image file (boot.img) resides in the images/ directory. Use
the dd command under any Linux system to transfer the image onto a
physical LS-120 disk.


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Last modified 2006-03-29 10:27 AM

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