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December 3, 2016

How to Install Scientific Linux (SL) 7.2 and Review on VMware

Scientific Linux (SL) 7.2
Scientific Linux (SL) 7.2 Installation and Review on VMware

This tutorial shows how to install and review Scientific Linux (SL) 7.2 on VMware Workstation/Player step by step. It also helps for installing Scientific Linux 7.2 on physical computer or bare-metal server.

Scientific Linux (SL) 7.2 Installation Steps:

  1. Download Scientific Linux 7.2 ISO
  2. Create Virtual Machine on VMware Workstation/Player
  3. Start SL 7.2 Installation
  4. Test VMware Tools Features (Fit Guest Now, Drag-Drop File and Clipboard Sharing)
  5. Scientific Linux 7.2 Review

Installing Scientific Linux (SL) 7.2 and Review on VMware

What is Scientific Linux (SL)?

Scientific Linux (SL) is a recompiled Red Hat Enterprise Linux, co-developed by Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory and the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN). Primary user base is within the High Energy and High Intensity Physics community.

Although it aims to be fully compatible with Red Hat Enterprise Linux, it also provides additional packages not found in the upstream product; the most notable among these are various file systems, including Cluster Suite and Global File System (GFS), FUSE, OpenAFS, Squashfs and Unionfs, wireless networking support with Intel wireless firmware, MadWiFi and NDISwrapper, Sun Java and Java Development Kit (JDK), the lightweight IceWM window manager, R which is language and environment for statistical computing, and the Alpine email client.
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Scientific Linux 7.2 New Features and Improvements

Scientific Linux 7.2 is the latest stable version of the Red Hat-based distribution enhanced with scientific applications. Some of the changes in this version include:
  1. "yum-conf files pointing to non-base SL (such as EPEL, ELRepo, SL-Extras, SL-SoftwareCollections, ZFS) have moved to a central location
  2. Install media now features the yum-fastest-mirror plugin which should locate a quickly responding mirror for network installs
  3. SL 7.2 includes initial support for Scientific Linux Contexts which should allow for ease of creating local customization for specific computing needs
  4. OpenAFS has been updated to version 1.6.16
  5. IPA packages have been customized to remove the upstream links to their support services
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