2.1 Starting the Installation

To install Oracle Linux, you need to boot the system from a boot image. You might need to configure the host system's BIOS or hypervisor settings to use the boot device that you have chosen. When the system locates the boot image file, the boot menu appears, as shown in Figure 2.1.

Figure 2.1 Boot Menu

The image shows the Oracle Linux 7 boot menu, with options for installing Oracle Linux and troubleshooting.

The boot menu contains the following options:

Install Oracle Linux 7

Uses the graphical installation program to install Oracle Linux, provided that the system has sufficient memory and the video card is supported. Otherwise, the text-based installation option is selected, see Section 3.3, “Text-Based Installations”.

Test this media & install Oracle Linux 7

Tests the installation media and then uses the graphical installation program to install Oracle Linux, provided that the system has sufficient memory and the video card is supported. Otherwise, text-based installation is selected.

This is the default option.

Troubleshooting

Provides access to a separate menu which contains options for resolving issues with installing or booting an Oracle Linux 7 system, see Section 6.1, “Troubleshooting Menu Options”.

Use the up and down arrow keys to navigate the boot menu. To install Oracle Linux 7, select one of the options to install Oracle Linux and press Enter. The Welcome to Oracle Linux 7 screen is displayed. Figure 2.2 shows the options on this screen.

Figure 2.2 Welcome to Oracle Linux 7


In the left-hand box, use the mouse to select the language to use for the installation, or type the name of the language in the search box. In the right-hand box, select a locale. The language you select becomes the default language for the system. If you need to, you can change the default language after you have installed the software.

Click Continue, the Installation Summary screen is displayed. Figure 2.3 shows the options on this screen.


The Installation Summary screen presents an overview of the options selected for the installation and a menu for configuring those options. As a minimum, you must visit the options that are marked with a warning icon. If you want to connect the system to a network, you should also visit the Network Configuration option and ensure that network connections are enabled. You can change the installation configuration options as much as you like, the installation does not begin until you click Begin Installation. As you visit the configuration options, pay attention to any warning messages displayed at the bottom of the screen.