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CERN Linux installation service

CERN Linux installation server - provides installation of linux distributions over http.

Available Linux distributions

Following Linux distributions are available:

DistributionInstallation pathRemarks

CERN recommended and supported distributions

CERN CentOS 7 /cern/centos/7/os/x86_64
for 64bit systems
See: CC7 installation instructions.
Scientific Linux CERN 6 /cern/slc6X/i386
for i686 / athlon,Itanium 2 (ia64) and Opteron/Athlon 64/Intel with EM64T (AMD64/x86_64)
See: SLC6 installation instructions.
Scientific Linux CERN 5 /cern/slc5X/i386
for i686 / athlon,Itanium 2 (ia64) and Opteron/Athlon 64/Intel with EM64T (AMD64/x86_64)
See: SLC5 installation instructions.

CERN test / under certification / distributions

Red Hat Enterprise Linux licensed distributions

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Server / x86 (Update 11)/enterprise/5Server/en/os/i386/**
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Server / x86_64 (Update 11)/enterprise/5Server/en/os/x86_64/**
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 Server / x86 (Update 6)/enterprise/6Server/en/os/i386/**
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 Server / x86_64 (Update 6)/enterprise/6Server/en/os/x86_64/**
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 Server / x86_64 (Update 1)/enterprise/7Server/en/os/x86_64/**

Fedora Linux distributions provided AS IS

Fedora 21 /fedora/linux/releases/21/
Fedora 20 /fedora/linux/releases/20/Fedora/i386/os/
Fedora 19 /fedora/linux/releases/19/Fedora/i386/os/
Fedora 18 /fedora/linux/releases/18/Fedora/i386/os/
* - accessible only from CERN internal networks (use nearest Red Hat Mirror if outside CERN)
** - Access is restricted to valid license owners only, only from CERN internal networks and only over NFS and http, please contact for more information.

Automatic Installation Management System (AIMS)

To ease the installation of a large number of machines we propose to use the kickstart based Automatic Installation Mnanagement System, AIMS.

Note: Access to all unsupported and obsolete Linux versions (CERN and Red Hat) has been disabled (this includes following versions):

  • CERN: 4.1 5.1 6.1 6.1.1 7.2.1 7.3.1 7.3.2 7.3.3 CEL3 slc302 slc303 slc304 slc305 slc306 slc307 slc308
  • Red Hat Linux: 6.1 6.2 7.2 7.3 8 9
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux: 2.1 3
  • Fedora Linux: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18
  • All ia64 (Itanium II) SLC versions

The CERN Linux AFS repository is located at /afs/

It's directory layout matches the one on the installation server. (Except for Fedora Linux distributions which are accessible from only)

For Scientific Linux CERN 6 you'll find files in