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D.3 Installation Overview

Installation Overview

Installing Red Hat Linux on an Alpha system is slightly more complex than installing Red Hat Linux/Intel, mostly due to differences in machine architecture, and the variety of different models supported. In general, the main steps to a successful install are:

  1. Create MILO, kernel, and ramdisk diskettes from images available on the Red Hat Linux/Alpha CD.

  2. Use the MILO diskette to boot the appropriate Linux kernel.

  3. Load and run the Red Hat Linux/Alpha installation program.
  4. After the installation completes, install MILO on a small disk partition on your machine.

Please Note:While the majority of Alpha systems are supported by MILO, those that are not will need to boot the boot floppy (or CD-ROM) directly from the SRM (System Reference Manual) console . Information on doing this is available from the Red Hat Software web site at
http://www.redhat.com/linux-info/alpha/faq. You should also consult your system documentation for the proper boot command syntax, but in general, the proper command would look like this:

boot dva0 -file vmlinux.gz -flags "load_ramdisk=1 prompt_ramdisk=1"

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