[CentOS] Problem with net-install
david at daku.org
Mon Jul 11 19:37:23 UTC 2011
I tried the net-install, because my computer has no DVD, only a CD.
The system has a USB connected keyboard, and it works just fine
accessing the built-in BIOS.
However, when I booted the netinstall CD, the initial screen which
asks for the type of installation did not respond to the keyboard. I
was therefore forced to wait the 30-seconds for the timeout, at which
point the install screen showed up and the keyboard worked.
I fear that the net-install image may not support USB keyboards,
which if so, is unfortunate.
The alternate of burning multiple CDs (as I've done with earlier
versions) appears unavailable in CENTOS 6.
Furthermore, I was never given the choice of using a GUI or text
install; I guess the old display device isn't supported in the
install system. Not being given any choices of packages during the
install (a fact noted in the release notes) resulted, however, a
system where a lot of the expected utility programs weren't there.:
a) "yum" worked
b) No SSH client appeared to exist, nor did YUM know about it.
c) Several useful utilities were not there, so they had to be
installed via yum.
As a result, the process of bringing this system to a usable state
1) Burn net-install CD
2) Answer the few questions.
3) For the net-install site, use
4) When it boots, use yum:
yum install ftp perl unzip
COMMENT: One of the nice properties of Linux has been that it can be
installed and run on "old" hardware. I wonder if this feature is going away.
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