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COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES

Thumbdrive in Computer

Create Linux Installation CD


A Linux installation CD or DVD can be created in any operating system. First, acquire a CD/DVD image, which is usually a disk image file with the extension .iso, from any trusted distribution site. Here are some of the popular distributions:

Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) - The distribution currently in our labs, developed by Red Hat and targeted towards the commercial market.  RHEL is available only through a paid subscription service that provides access to software updates and varying levels of technical support, however IU Students have access to all releases of RHEL and can acquire a RHEL support community account through the following IU Knowledge Base webpage:
http://kb.iu.edu/data/aqau.html

Fedora - A free collection of software, including an operating system based on the Linux kernel, developed by the community-supported Fedora Project and owned by Red Hat.  Fedora's main objective is not only to contain software distributed under a free and open source license, but also to be on the leading edge of such technologies, usually making upstream changes instead of applying fixes specifically for Fedora.  Think of Fedora as a "prototypical version" of the future of RHEL.

Ubuntu - A free distribution form Canonical, very popular and easy to use, with cloud and mobile support.

Community Enterprise Operating System (CentOS) - A Linux distribution that attempts to provide a free enterprise class computing platform which has 100% binary compatibility with its upstream source, Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL).  One could easily think of CentOS as "The Free Version" of RHEL since CentOS developers use Red Hat's source code to create a final product very similar to RHEL.  CentOS possesses an extensive open source support community.

Linux Mint - A Debian and Ubuntu based distribution, popular, easy to use, with great support.

Then follow these steps to create the CD:


1. Put a blank CD or DVD into the DVD drive.
2. Click on the CD icon when it appears on the desktop.
3. Under the Places menu select: Computer.
4. Next select: File System.   Then select: iso
5. Select the Linux distribution downloaded.
6. Right click on the first disk image file.
7. Select Write to Disk from the popup menu.
8. When completed right click on the CD icon and select Eject.
9. Repeat above procedure for each CD.

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