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Installing CentOS on Virtual Box, Part 4:  Reboot 1

Installing CentOS on Virtual Box, Part 4: Reboot

This is the fourth part of a series. Part One – Installing CentOS goes through the initial installation and settings of the Virtual box. Part Two – Installing CentOS talks about how you should configure the Hard drive. Part Three – Finishing the Install covers the other choices made during installation. After I rebooted and logged in with the root password that I created during installation, CentOS presented me with a dialog for fine-tuning choices, most of them related to its mission to serve as a server. Authentication–In a network, there are several different methods for managing passwords and rights. Firewall–adjust security levels, white and black lists, and the like. Keyboard Configuration–that is keyboard language choice. Network Configuration–choose network interfaces in a machine with multiple interfaces. System Services–choose services to run at startup. Timezone Configuration–select timezone. X Configuration–set multiple monitors, display resolution, and the like. I selected “Exit,”...

Installing CentOS in VirtualBox [How To] 3

Installing CentOS in VirtualBox [How To]

This is the first of several posts on installing CentOS in VirtualBox. Even though I am using a virtual machine, the same procedure would apply to a full computer installation. I mentioned CentOS in my series of Fedora posts: It is a free implementation of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL). I decided to mess with CentOS because I have decided to study for Red Hat certification, which requires me to know RHEL backwards and forwards and CentOS is the closest thing to RHEL without a licensing fee. I’ve spent much of the last week buried in a book about Red Hat certification (if I actually take the test, I’m betting I’ll be the oldest person in the room, but that’s another story). Although it is billed as an enterprise OS, CentOS is also quite easy to configure for personal use. This picture shows the settings of the virtual...

Installing Fedora in Virtual Box #2:  Booting the CD and Preparing the Installation.

Installing Fedora in Virtual Box #2: Booting the CD and Preparing the Installation.

Part one is here. In Virtual Box, you can link either to a physical DVD/CD drive and boot from a disk or link to an image of the CD (*.iso) and boot directly from the file. (Note: If you do the latter, you must later unlink from the *.iso file, just as you must remove a disk from a physical boot drive). In this case, I inserted a physical CD and told Virtual Box to start the virtual machine. Fedora first asked me whether to do a disk check, although I found the wording (“media test”) a bit obscure. Had I been installing to a real hard disk, as opposed to a virtual one, I would performed the test; as it was, I skipped it. Clarification, 2001-03-17: The wording was so obscure that I complete misunderstood it. It referred to testing the validity of the installation media, in...

Installing Fedora in Virtual Box

Installing Fedora in Virtual Box

This is the first of a series of posts about installing Fedora Linux. Fedora is the free version of Red Hat Linux. It also serves as a testing ground and communication pipeline to the larger Linux community for Red Hat. The Fedora project was formally separated from Red Hat under the name “Fedora Core” (now simply “Fedora”) in 2003, but the Red Hat company sponsors and benefits from the Fedora project. Fedora is free and open source. Red Hat is open source, but not free. Red Hat has a large presence in the enterprise market; the current commercial release is called RHEL (for Red Hat Enterprise Linux) v. 6. The current release of Fedora is v. 14. Note that the version numbers for RHEL are not coordinated with the version numbers for Red Hat Linux/Fedora Core/Fedora. When you pay for RHEL, you pay for support. It’s a business...

Virtual Box:   Installing Arch Linux, Part 1 1

Virtual Box: Installing Arch Linux, Part 1

I have wanted to play with Arch Linux for some time, but my test computer is currently non compos harddrive (I took the HDD out to help someone else test a different computer). Using Virtual Box, I have been able to do so. Arch is a “build-it-your-way” Linux distribution. The initial install provides a text interface with the standard multiple desktops, a text editor, and not much else. It’s designed so that the user can then download the graphical user interface and programs that he or she wants, as opposed to accepting the decisions made by others. It is not for Linux newbies, not because it’s particularly complicated–the instructions at the website for building the system are very clear–but because someone new to Linux would likely not have enough experience to know what UI and programs he or she prefers. For example, I prefer Fluxbox for a GUI...

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