A simplified installation procedure is one of the best reasons for using a Linux distribution such as CentOS. In many cases, for a computer dedicated to using CentOS, you can just pop in the DVD that comes with this book, choose from several pre-set configurations, and be up and running with Linux in less than an hour.
If you want to share your computer with both Linux and Microsoft Windows, CentOS offers several ways to go about doing that. A CentOS Live CD is included with this book to help prepare your computer before installation. If your computer doesn't have a DVD or CD drive, network and hard disk installs are available. To pre-configure CentOS to install on multiple, similar computers, you can use the kickstart installation.
In the past few releases of CentOS, the project has made some great improvements to the installation process. Most notably, a recent feature in anaconda lets you install software from multiple online repositories during the initial CentOS install.
Although this procedure focuses on installing CentOS on a standard PC (i386 32-bit architecture), the CentOS team also produces installable versions of CentOS for 64-bit PC architecture (x86_64). Because the latest Apple Mac computers are based on Intel architecture, CentOS can be installed on those machines as well (although not completely ...