Scientific Linux (SL) 6.3 Installation Guide with Screenshots

Scientific Linux (SL) is developed by Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory and the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) and various other labs and universities around the globe. It’s a free and open source Operating System based on Red Hat Enterprise Linux. Primary purpose of Scientific Linux (SL) is to reduce duplicate effort of the labs and to have common install base for various experimenters. In this post, we are going show you how we can install Scientific Linux 6.3 using Live .iso image file.

Download Scientific Linux (SL) 6.3 ISO

You may download Scientific Linux (SL) 6.3 edition for 32-bit or 64-bit operating systems using the following download links respectively.

  1. Download Scientific Linux 6.3 32-bit DVD ISO – (4.1 GB)
  2. Download Scientific Linu 6.3 64-bit DVD ISO – (4.2 GB)

Please visit to know more information about Scientific Linux 6.3 release note at SL Home page.

Scientific Linux (SL) 6.3 Step by Step Graphical Installation Guide

1. Insert and Boot your system with Scientific Linux Live media or .iso file of your choice and start installation process. Lets start pretty simple step by step installation of Scientific Linux.

Boot Scientific Linux DVD

Boot Scientific Linux DVD

2. You will boot directly into the live environment from where you can tour and test the flavor of Scientific Linux (SL) and you may choose to install it on Hard Drive from there itself.

Select Hard Drive for Scientific Linux

Select Hard Drive for Scientific Linux

3. Welcome, Installation process is started.

Welcome Screen of Scientific Linux

Welcome Screen of Scientific Linux

4. Select Keyboard layout and click on ‘Next‘.

Select Keyboard

Select Keyboard

5. Select Storage device of your choice and click ‘Next‘.

Select Storage Device

Select Storage Device for Installation

6. Storage device warning, click on ‘yes, discard any data‘. This will remove all the data from storage if any.

Storage Device Warning

Storage Device Warning Click “Yes”

7. Provide Hostname and click on ‘Next‘.

Add Hostname in Scientific Linux

Add Hostname in Scientific Linux

8. Select your nearest time zone and click on ‘Next‘.

Set Time Zone

Select and Set Time Zone

9. Set root password and click on ‘Next‘.

Set Root Password in Scientific Linux

Add Root Password in Scientific Linux

10. Disk partitioning, select your choice and click on ‘Next‘.

Disk Partitioning

Disk Partitioning in Scientific Linux

11. Select ‘Write changes to disk‘ which will format storage device’.

Select Write Changes to Disk

Select Write Changes to Disk

12. Creating ext4 filesystem.

Creating Ext4 File System

Creating Ext4 File System

13. Just relax, Started copying live images file to hard drive.

Copying Files from Hard Drive

Copying Files from Hard Drive

14. Installation completed, remove CD/DVD if any from drive.

Scientific Linux Installation Completed

Scientific Linux Installation Completed

15. Next, restart the the system.

Restart the Scientific Linux

Restart the Scientific Linux

16. Follow Post Installation wizard to complete installation process.

Post Installation Wizard

Post Installation Wizard

17. Fill user details and click on ‘Forward‘.

Create and Add User Details

Create and Add User Details

18. Set date and time and click on ‘Finish‘.

Set Date and Time

Set Date and Time

19. User login prompt, Supply recently created password to get in.

Scientific Linux Login Screen

Scientific Linux User Login Screen

20. Scientific Linux (SL) Desktop.

Scientific Linux Desktop Screen

Scientific Linux Desktop Screen

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