2.1.4 Selecting Software Packages

The Software Package Selection window allows you to select the software packages that you want to install on the system.

To select the software packages for installation on a system:

  1. In the Software Package Selection window, select from one of the following sets of software:

    Basic Server

    Installs a default software set for a basic server configuration.

    Database Server

    Installs the MySQL and PostgreSQL databases.


    This selection not install the Oracle Database (RDBMS) nor it does not prepare the system for installing the Oracle Database. You can use the Oracle RDBMS Server Pre-Install RPM to perform preinstallation configuration tasks for Oracle Database.

    Web Server

    Installs the Apache web server.

    Enterprise Identity Server Base

    Installs OpenLDAP and the System Security Services Daemon (SSSD).

    Virtual Host

    Installs KVM and Virtual Machine Manager tools.


    Installs OpenOffice, the graphical user environment and tools, and multimedia applications.

    Software Development Workstation

    Installs compiler and other software development tools.


    Installs only a minimal set of packages that are required to run Oracle Linux. This set does not include many administration tools that you might normally use, such as wget or unzip.


    Only the Desktop software set installs a graphical user environment by default.

    You can choose to install the packages from the Oracle Linux Server and the UEK2 kernel repo software repositories on locally accessible media, or you can click Add additional software repositories to specify alternative or additional repositories such as the channels that are available on the Oracle Linux yum server for your system's architecture (i386 or x86_64).

    For example, the Oracle Linux 6 latest channels on the Oracle Linux yum server for the x86_64 architecture are available at:

    • https://yum.oracle.com/repo/OracleLinux/OL6/latest/x86_64/

    • https://yum.oracle.com/repo/OracleLinux/OL6/UEK/latest/x86_64/


    The name that you assign to a repository is arbitrary. You do not have to use the repository's real name.

    If necessary, configure the details for your organization's proxy server that acts as an intermediary for Internet access.

    Any repositories that you define are added to the list with the names that you assigned to them and enabled for use.

    The High Availability, Load Balancer, Resilient Storage, and Scalable Filesystem Supportrepositories are not supported in Oracle Linux 6. The standard Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 distribution does not contain these packages, which Red Hat offer as separate, chargeable add-ons. Oracle provides alternative or equivalent solutions. For example, Oracle Linux support subscriptions cover Oracle Clusterware, OCFS2, and XFS support. (The Scalable Filesystem Support add-on from Red Hat provides the XFS file system packages, which Oracle distributes through the Oracle Linux yum server and ULN.

    For more information, see the footnotes at https://linux.oracle.com/supported.html.

    To customize software packages that are installed, select Customize Now and then click Next to display the Software Customization window.

  2. In the left-hand column, select a package category to display the associated package groups in the right-hand column. Select or deselect individual package groups that you want to be or not to be installed.

    Some package groups provide optional packages that provide additional functionality, but which are not required. To view any optional packages, click Optional packages.

    For example, to install the OCFS2 support package:

    1. Select Servers in the left-hand column.

    2. Select System administration tools in the right-hand column.

    3. Click Optional Packages.

    4. In the System administration tools window, select the ocfs2-tools package from the list.

    When you have finished choosing the packages that you want to install, click Next.

    The installer displays a status bar that shows the progress of the package installation along with the name of each package that is being installed.

  3. After the packages have been installed, click Reboot to reboot the system.

    If you chose to install a Basic Server, the system reboots to run level 3 without any graphics, and displays a login prompt. You can log in as root to configure the system.

    If you chose to install the Desktop packages including the X Window System, the system reboots to run level 5 and displays the FirstBoot window.