2.1.1 Starting the Installation

To install Oracle Linux manually:

  1. Boot the system from the boot image. You might need to configure the host system's BIOS or hypervisor settings to use the boot device that you have chosen. If the system can locate the image file, the boot menu appears and displays the following options:

    Install or upgrade an existing system

    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.

    Install system with basic video driver

    Select this option if the default option results in a corrupted display screen as a result of the correct video driver not being available.

    Rescue installed system

    If you are unable to boot an installed system, this option allows you to edit partitions or configuration files to fix a variety of boot problems. Select this option if you want to configure a btrfs root file system.

    Boot from local drive

    Boots an already installed system from the hard disk.

    Memory test

    Runs the memtest86 utility that verifies the integrity of the system's RAM.

    If you press Esc the system displays the boot: prompt, which allows you to specify boot options such as the language, display resolution, interface type, installation method, and network settings. For example, the following line would specify text-based rather than graphical installation:

    boot: linux text

    For more information, see Section 2.2, “Installation Boot Options”.

    If you select to install the system and the installer locates the installation media, the Media Test window appears.

  2. Click OK to test the installation media or Skip to skip the testing.

    The Logo window appears next.

  3. Click Next to display the Language Selection screen. (In text mode, press F12 instead.)

  4. Select the language to use for the installation. The selected language becomes the default language for the system.

    Note

    After the installation is complete, you can use the graphical system-config-language command to change the default language, or you can edit the settings in /etc/sysconfig/i18n and reboot the system.

    Click Next to display the Keyboard Selection screen.

  5. Select the keyboard to use for the installation.

    Note

    After the installation is complete, you can use the graphical system-config-keyboard command to change the keyboard type, or you can edit the settings in /etc/sysconfig/keyboard and reboot the system.

    If you booted the system using a full installation image, click Next to display the Storage Devices Selection window. See Section 2.1.2, “Continuing the Installation”.

    If you booted the system from a boot ISO image, click Next to display the Installation Method window.

  6. Select the type of media that contains the full installation image and click OK:

    Local CD/DVD

    Insert the CD or DVD containing the full installation image, or, in the case of a virtual machine installation, make the installation image ISO available to the guest, and click OK.

    Hard drive

    In the Select Partition window, select the device and directory that contains the installation image, and click OK.

    NFS directory

    In the Configure TCP/IP window, enable one of both of IPv4 and IPv6, select how you want to configure the network settings, and click OK.

    In the NFS Setup window, enter the domain name or IP address of the NFS server, the exported path of the directory that contains the installation image, any NFS mount options that are required, and click OK.

    See Section 1.4.1, “Setting up a New NFS Server”, Section 1.4.2, “Configuring an Existing NFS Server” and Section 1.4.5, “Setting up a Network Installation Server” for more information.

    URL

    In the Configure TCP/IP window, enable one of both of IPv4 and IPv6, select how you want to configure the network settings, and click OK.

    In the URL Setup window, enter the URL of the extracted installation image, configure any required HTTP proxy settings, and click OK.

    See Section 1.4.3, “Setting up a New HTTP Server”, Section 1.4.4, “Configuring an Existing HTTP Server” and Section 1.4.5, “Setting up a Network Installation Server” for more information.

    For installation from a CD, DVD or hard drive, the Media Test window appears. Click OK to test the installation media or Skip to skip the testing.

    The Storage Devices Selection window appears next.