This manual focuses on a CD-ROM-based installation and is ideal for
users (both new and old) who want a quick and simple installation
solution. It helps you prepare your system and walk you through the
installation of Red Hat Enterprise Linux.
Red Hat Enterprise Linux includes multiple installation CD-ROMs. Note that only the
first CD-ROM (CD #1) is bootable. The additional installation CD-ROMs are
required, even for a minimal installation. Red Hat also provides
supplementary CD-ROMs containing source RPMs and documentation for all the
packages, as well as a Linux Applications CD (LACD).
If you currently use Red Hat Enterprise Linux 2.1 (or
greater) on an x86 system, you can perform an upgrade.
Although upgrades are supported by the Red Hat Enterprise Linux family on x86
processors, you are likely to have a more consistent experience by
backing up your data and then installing this release of Red Hat Enterprise Linux over
your previous Red Hat Enterprise Linux installation. This recommended reinstallation
method helps to ensure the best system stability possible.
To perform an upgrade, type the following command at the boot
Skim Chapter 2 Steps to Get You Started to review the basics, then read
Chapter 4 Installing Red Hat Enterprise Linux, following the directions as you go. Once
you have chosen to perform an upgrade in the installation program, refer
to Appendix A Upgrading Your Current System.
If you are an experienced user and you do not need a review of the
basics, you can skip ahead to Chapter 4 Installing Red Hat Enterprise Linux to begin the
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