1.2 Obtaining and Preparing Installation Media

The Oracle Linux distribution is free to download, use, and distribute.

You can download the Oracle Linux installation media from the Oracle Software Delivery Cloud at https://edelivery.oracle.com/linux. After logging in, the Popular Downloads window containing a list of products is displayed.

To download the Oracle Linux 7 installation media, do the following:

  1. Choose one of the following methods to obtain your product:

    • If your product is included in the Popular Downloads window, then select that product to add it to the cart.

    • If your product is not included in the Popular Downloads window, then do the following:

      1. Type "Oracle Linux 7" in the search box, then click Search.

      2. From the search results list, select the product you want to download to add it to the cart.

  2. Click the Cart icon.

  3. From the Platform/Languages drop-down list, select your system's platform, then continue.

  4. On the next page, accept the terms of licenses, then continue.

  5. On the last page that itemizes the contents of the Oracle Linux package that you selected, click Download.

The Media Pack contains the following ISO images:

  • Oracle Linux 7 for x86_64 (64 bit)

    This ISO image contains everything needed to boot a system and install Oracle Linux.

  • Oracle Linux 7 Boot ISO image for x86_64 (64 bit)

    This ISO image contains everything that is required to boot a system and start an installation. However, to complete the installation, you must specify the location of the packages, for example on a local disk or an NFS share. RHCK is used during the installation and both UEK and RHCK kernels are installed. After the installation, the system boots the UEK kernel by default.

    Note

    When installing releases prior to Oracle Linux 7 Update 3, Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 3 is used. From Oracle Linux 7 Update 3 on, the default kernel is Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 4.

  • Oracle Linux 7 UEK Boot ISO image for x86_64 (64 bit)

    This ISO image contains everything that is required to boot a system and start an installation. However, to complete the installation, you must specify the location of the packages, for example on a local disk, an NFS share, or an HTTP resource like the base repository for an Oracle Linux release on the Oracle Linux yum server. UEK is used during the installation and is the default kernel that is booted after an installation. Use this boot image if you have hardware that is only supported on UEK, or if you are having trouble with the installer when using the RHCK boot image. This ISO image is available in the Media Pack for Oracle Linux 7 Update 2 and later.

  • Oracle Linux 7 Source DVD 1 and 2

    These ISO images contain the source code for the software packages in the release.

You can use the full installation ISO image or the boot ISO image to do the following:

The ISO images can be used in a virtual DVD-ROM drive to boot and install an Oracle VM or Oracle VM VirtualBox virtual machine (guest).

You can use the full installation ISO image to prepare a network location, such as an NFS share or HTTP server directory, for use during an installation. This method is typically used when a boot image is used to start an installation. See Section 1.3, “Configuring a Network Installation Server”.

Note that the media pack might contain additional content that may pertain to a particular release update of Oracle Linux. Items such as Driver Update Disks may also be included. These items are described in further detail in the release notes for the particular update release.

After installation, you can obtain Oracle Linux packages from the Unbreakable Linux Network (ULN) and the Oracle Linux yum server. For more information, see Chapter 5, Post-Installation Configuration.