CentOS Installation Guide

Peter Kitson

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Welcome to the Red Hat Enterprise Linux Installation Guide. This guide contains useful information to assist you during the installation of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4. From fundamental concepts such as installation preparation to the step-by-step installation procedure, this book will be a valuable resource as you install Red Hat Enterprise Linux.


How to Use This Manual

This manual focuses on a CD-ROM-based installation and is ideal for users (both new and old) whowant a quick and simple installation solution. It helps you prepare your system and walk you through the installation of Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux includes multiple installation CD-ROMs. Note that only the rst CD-ROM (CD #1) is bootable. The additional installation CD-ROMs are required, even for a minimal installation.

Red Hat also provides supplementary CD-ROMs containing source RPMs and documentation for all the packages, as well as a Linux Applications CD (LACD).


If you currently use Red Hat Enterprise Linux 2.1 (or greater) on an x86 system, you can perform an upgrade.

Although upgrades are supported by the Red Hat Enterprise Linux family on x86 processors, you are likely to have a more consistent experience by backing up your data and then installing this release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux over your previous Red Hat Enterprise Linux installation. This recommended reinstallation method helps to ensure the best system stability possible.

To perform an upgrade, type the following command at the boot prompt:

linux upgrade