20 Nov

CentOS 6.5 desktop installation guidance alongwith step to step screenshots

CentOS 6.5 has been released, are you ready to install?

Following the release of RHEL 6.5, CentOS 6.5 has arrived on 1 December and its time playing with it. For those who want to upgrade their existing systems 6.4 to 6.5 just use the command Yum Update & all the magic would done.CentOS 6.5 received a package updates and new features. See the release notes for detailed information.

 

From Where to Download

In this post we shall be installing it on the desktop. These are the urls you need to download your centOS6.5.

http://isoredirect.centos.org/centos-6/6.5/isos/
http://mirror.centos.org/centos/6.5/isos/


choose your machine architecture and it will then present a list of mirrors. Get into any mirror and then get the torrent file to download or the direct iso download link. There are multiple download options available like LiveCD, LiveDVD, Dvd1+2, Minimal and Netinstall.

The minimal installer comes with a text based installer that would install CentOS with a shell and minimum software applications. Rest everything has to be installed from yum.

The LiveCD/LiveDVD provide the desktop and gui installer and installs the CentOS system but does not provide any package selection options.

The DvD1+2 set provide full set of all applications for those who require it.
And the netinstall would actually download the installation image and then install.

In this post we shall use the LiveCD. It is around 650MB.
Although CentOS is used mostly on servers, having a desktop system can help to create a gui based environment with a setup similar to your server.

 

Install

So now, its time to install CentOS onto your desktop system. Use either the LiveDVD or LiveCD to get it up and running fast.

Put in the media and reboot. The boot menu will have many options with self explanatory names. Select Boot to get onto the Live desktop.

Install

Install

Double clicks the Install icon on the desktop, to start the Anaconda installer.

 start the Anaconda installer

start the Anaconda installer

Click Next on the installer wizard.

installer wizard

installer wizard

Keyboard layout – The next step would ask you to select the keyboard layout which should be USA for most english users.

Keyboard layouts CentOS

Keyboard layouts CentOS

Storage type – After the keyboard layout, comes the option select the type of storage on which CentOS is to be installed. For local hard drives, its Basic storage.

Storage type

Storage type

Hostname – In the next step the anaconda installer asks for a hostname. So fill it appropriately. If not sure, just enter something like mypc or hplaptop.

Hostname CentOS

Hostname CentOS

Timezone – Then comes the timezone selection

Timezone CentOS

Timezone CentOS

Root Password… Next in turn is the root password which, as you know should be a strong one.

Root Password CentOS

Root Password CentOS

Formatting… Now the assistant wanted to know, how you want to format the storage device. If you want to format the drive yourself, then select “Custom Layout” and create partitions as needed. For the sake of this tutorial, we select the first option, which is to use the entire device and let CentOS format as he loves.

Formatting Cent OS

Formatting Previous OS

Copying files…Now, the installer begins copying files. Nothing to do except wait and watch. The installer LiveCD essentially copies of the CD image on the hard drive. You do not get an opportunity to select packages to install or omit. In addition, the live CD comes with a minimum collection of software and applications.

Copying files CentOS

Copying files for CentOS 6.5

Post install configuration

After the installation completes and reboots, the welcome wizard would come up which would further configure the system.

Post install configuration CentOS 6.5

Post install configuration CentOS 6.5

License Agreement – Like all software centos too comes with a license that is very minimal and only a few lines. So accept it.

License Agreement CentOS 6.5

License Agreement CentOS 6.5

Create User – Now its time to create a user account for yourself to be able to use the system.

Create User CentOS 6

Create User CentOS 6

Current date & time – Now input the current date and time and select the option to synchronize over the network.

Set Current date & time CentOS 6

Kdump – This is the last step of the welcome wizard that asks whether kdump should be enabled or not. It is a good idea to enable it.

Kdump centOS 6.5

Kdump centOS 6.5

Start CentOS 6.5

After the previous step, the system would be rebooted, and finally comes the login page.

Start CentOS 6.5

Start CentOS 6.5

And after login comes the shiny new CentOS 6.5 desktop

After Login CentOS 6.5

After Loginc comes the shiny new CentOS 6.5

 

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