On 9/27/07, Labaki <labakiturbo at gmail.com> wrote: > Hello! > > I just joined this mailing list a couple of minutes ago. I'll start to > use CentOS for academic purposes. We'll try to build a cluster > based in machines with this OS. > > First of all, I'd like to beg you for patience, because I'm comple- > tly new in Linux. > > My first question is: every tutorial on installation talks about > inserting an installation CD, but I'm not sure about what do it > means... I've downloaded the four files .iso availabe in CentOS.org, > but I don't know what to do with them. Should I burn this files > into de CD the way they are? Should I unzip them before this? > > Details: I'm using Windows, trying to install CentOS 4 in a 32 > bit's PC. I've downloaded CentOS-4.5-i386-bin.......iso. > > Thank you for any help! > J. Labaki An ISO file is an "image" of a CD that contains the actual CD contents, sort of like a zip file. However, if you "unzip" the ISO file, it will not work correctly when you burn it to a CD. Instead, you need to copy it to a CD using a special program designed for that. The windows program "ISO recorder" (you can find it on google), that will allow you to burn the ISO correctly. After you install ISO recorder, right-click on the the ISO file and choose "copy to cd". Otherwise, I'm afraid this list isn't the right place to ask for beginner help. I would check out this page: http://www.linux.org/lessons/beginner/index.html to start your introduction to Linux, or start a search of google. You will also find manuals for centos 4 here: http://www.centos.org/docs/4/ You have a lot to learn, but it should be fun as you do, and you will learn far more about computers than you know now. Try not to get discouraged, as sometimes things are not obvious!