Johnny Hughes has announced the release of CentOS 4.8. This is a new version of the project’s older, legacy branch built by the recompiling the source package for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4.8: “The CentOS development team is pleased to announce the release of CentOS 4.8 for i386 and x86_64 architectures. New in this release: there is a technology preview of OpenOffice.org 2.0 included in the updates directory. Known issues: there is a requirement to swap in CD-1 during the install phase of CD-4 during some installs when the comps RPM is required to be installed; an upstream bug with the 3c59x Ethernet driver has been encountered during testing; there are issues with the i586 support on the AMD K6II processor….” See the release announcement and release notes for more details. Existing installations can be updated to the latest version via the usual update mechanism, but an installation CD and DVD images are also provide for download (mirror list: CentOS-4.8-i386-binDVD.iso (2,342MB, MD5, torrent), CentOS-4.8-x86_64-binDVD.iso (2,605MB, MD5, torrent).
Prerequisites for installing CentOS to a flash drive:
- Windows host PC (Tested using Windows XP)
- 1GB+ USB flash drive
- CentOS 5.x LiveCD ISO
How to install CentOS to aUSB flash drive:
- Download the Fedora liveusb-creator-3.2.zip and extract to your PC
- Download the CentOS-5.x-i386-LiveCD.iso
- Navigate to the liveusb-creator-3.2 folder and click liveusb-creator.exe to launch the tool
- Under Use existing Live CD, browse to where you saved the CentOS-5.1-i386-LiveCD.iso and select it
- Set the Target Device to point to your
USB flash drive
- Click Create Live USB to begin the creation process
A simple progress bar will indicate the progress of your USB CentOS creation. Once the process has finished, simply restart your PC and set your System BIOS or Boot Menu to boot from theUSB flash drive
If all goes well, you should now be booting into your own portable CentOS.