CentOS 6.4, an enterprise-grade Linux distribution, was released on the 9th of March, 2013. This distribution is derived from freely available sources and maintains 100% binary compatibility with its upstream source, Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL).
This article explaines how to download the CentOS 6.4 x86 and x86_64 ISOs.
Downloading CentOS 6.4
To download CentOS 6.4, you can use the following URLs:
For x86 ISO: http://isoredirect.centos.org/centos/6/isos/i386/
For x64 ISO: http://isoredirect.centos.org/centos/6/isos/x86_64/
Verifying the Download
After downloading the ISO files, it’s important to verify their integrity using the sha1sum command. This ensures that the files have not been tampered with and are safe to use. Here are the sha1sums for the different ISO files:
sha1sum i386: 4bd3a1de6f6dfcd7a2199487abf5a9304d696cae CentOS-6.4-i386-bin-DVD1.iso fb096cd6ac88959a287256c76c7292ae2ef53f32 CentOS-6.4-i386-bin-DVD2.iso ddb63a0af2c1d63b8e9b7342c7f52a86b1842689 CentOS-6.4-i386-minimal.iso 6ffc9f3a5f4332b55cc35f1eb3ebb39f5aa8edb6 CentOS-6.4-i386-netinstall.iso sha1sum x86_64: 8672dc087f1b0eda60b9efaa41b82f034f185e24 CentOS-6.4-x86_64-bin-DVD1.iso db16ec15897dcb7a01e7434486075f43ca982c4b CentOS-6.4-x86_64-bin-DVD2.iso 6232efa014d9c6798396b63152c4c9a08b279f5e CentOS-6.4-x86_64-minimal.iso 77817ed6e879da155b6f3dc98e0698e8993e28f8 CentOS-6.4-x86_64-netinstall.iso
To verify the download, open a terminal and navigate to the directory where the ISO file is located. Then, run the sha1sum command followed by the name of the ISO file. The output should match the corresponding sha1sum provided above.
Creating a Bootable Media
Once you have verified the ISO file, you need to create a bootable media. This could be a DVD or a USB stick. The choice depends on your preference and the hardware capabilities of your system.
If you choose to create a bootable DVD, you will need a DVD burner software. There are many free and paid options available. Some popular choices include ImgBurn, CDBurnerXP, and BurnAware.
If you prefer to create a bootable USB stick, you will need a USB formatting tool. Rufus is a popular choice for Windows users, while Etcher is a cross-platform tool that works on Windows, macOS, and Linux.
Open your chosen software and select the CentOS ISO file as the source. Then, select your DVD or USB stick as the destination. Start the process and wait for the software to create your bootable media.
Insert the bootable media (DVD or USB stick) into your system.
Restart your system. During the startup process, you may need to press a specific key (such as F12, F10, or ESC) to open the boot menu. The specific key depends on your system’s manufacturer.
In the boot menu, select the option to boot from your DVD or USB stick.
The CentOS installer should start. Follow the prompts to install CentOS on your system.
- sha1sum – This command is used to compute and check SHA1 message digest. It’s commonly used to verify the integrity of files downloaded from the internet.
Downloading and verifying CentOS 6.4 is a straightforward process. By following the steps outlined in this guide, you can ensure that you have a secure and authentic copy of the CentOS 6.4 ISO. Remember, verifying the integrity of your downloaded files is a crucial step in maintaining the security of your system.
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