CentOS MinimalCD 6.2 Release Notes

Last updated: July 4th, 2012

1. Translations

Translations of these release notes are available for the following languages :

2. Introduction

The CentOS Development team is pleased to announce the availability of the CentOS MinimalCD 6.2 for both i386 and x86_64 architectures. These disks are based on our CentOS-6.2 i386 and x86_64 distributions.

The aim of this disk is to install a CentOS 6.2 system which has a minimum of packages needed to have a functional system, with no compromise regarding security and fully network and yum aware. It also includes support for the storage systems available in CentOS 6.2 ( Adaptec, Brocade, QLogic, iSCSI and FCOE).

Beware that the set of installed packages is NOT identical to the one installed when choosing the group named "Minimal" from the full DVD image.

You can get the CentOS MinimalCD 6.2 from the CentOS mirrors:

32-bit

64-bit

3. Most Important Packages and Applications

aic94xx-firmware

bfa-firmware

ql2100-firmware

ql2200-firmware

ql23xx-firmware

ql2400-firmware

ql2500-firmware

acl

attr

audit

binutils

checkpolicy

chkconfig

coreutils

curl

bridge-utils

db4-utils

device-mapper

dhclient

diffutils

dracut

e2fsprogs

efibootmgr

ethtool

findutils

fipscheck

gpgme

iproute

iptables

iputils

logrotate

lvm2

mdadm

mingetty

ncurses

net-tools

nfs-utils

nss-util

openssh-clients

openssh-server

python

rsyslog

selinux-policy-targeted

util-linux-ng

vi

yum

4. Features

5. Known Issues

Just like the CentOS 6.2 DVD the text installer has limited capabilities compared to the GUI installer.

If installing as a virtual machine in VMWare, do not allow the "New Virtual Machine Wizard" to use the "Easy Install" (also known as "autoinstall") feature. It includes several incorrect defaults which create problems after the installation is finished. As a workaround, do the following at the Guest Operating System Installation step instead of choosing Installer disk image file (ISO):

  1. select I will install the operating system later.

  2. advance to Ready to Create Virtual Machine and select Customize Hardware

  3. select the New CD/DVD (IDE) entry from the list of hardware devices

  4. under the Connection field select Use ISO image and browse to your local copy of the minimalCD.iso

If you did not configure the network during installation:

logrotate can only be used manually as no cron daemon is included. If you want to automate its usage, please make sure that you have correctly configured access to CentOS repositories and use the command yum install cronie in order to install the crond daemon and all its dependencies ( http://bugs.centos.org/view.php?id=5075 ).

6. How to help and get help

As a CentOS user there are various ways you can help out with the CentOS community. Take a look at our Contribute page for further information on how to get involved.

6.1. Special Interest Groups

CentOS consists of different Special Interest Groups (SIGs) that bring together people with similar interests. The following SIGs already exist:

  • Artwork - create and improve artwork for CentOS releases and promotion

  • Promotion - help promoting CentOS online or at events

  • Virtualization - unite people around virtualization in CentOS

And we encourage people to join any of these SIGs or start up a new SIG, e.g.

  • Alpha, S390, Sparc and PPC port - help with porting CentOS to other architectures
  • Hardware compatibility - provide feedback about specific hardware
  • RPM Packaging - contribute new useful RPM packages
  • Translation - help translating the documentation, website and Wiki content

6.2. Mailinglists and Fora

Another way you can help others in the community is by actively helping and resolving problems that users come up against in the mailing lists and the fora.

6.3. Wiki and Website

Even as an inexperienced CentOS user we can use your help. Because we like to know what problems you encountered, if you had problems finding specific information, how you would improve documentation so it becomes more accessible. This kind of feedback is as valuable to others as it would have been to you so your involvement is required to make CentOS better.

So if you want to help out and improve our documentation and Wiki, register on the Wiki or subscribe to the centos-docs mailing list.

7. Further Reading

The following websites contain large amounts of information to help people with their CentOS systems :

8. Thanks

We thank everyone involved for helping us produce this product.

Copyright (C) 2011 The CentOS Project

Manuals/ReleaseNotes/CentOSMinimalCD6.2 (last edited 2012-07-10 16:21:33 by ChristophGaluschka)