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I want to install Oracle Linux Version 6.6 (to begin with) in bare metal (that is wiping out the existing OS and keep this as the primary OS installed.)

I downloaded the .iso images from oracle website and before the download begins it gives couple of .iso files. See the diagram below:

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I am not sure why we have these many files to download? I want to install this OS using USB (my Laptop don't have CD/DVD).

In past I have successfully installed Ubuntu using USB. When I download Ubuntu, there it downloads only one .iso files and using unetbootin-windows software I created the Bootable USB, from which i was able to install Ubuntu.

Now, I am trying to do the same for Oracle Linux, but I am not sure which files /.iso should I chose for creating the bootable USB?

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You need only the Oracle Linux Release 6 Update 6 for x86_64 (64 Bit) image.

The other files:

  • Source: Contains the source files for the programs you find compiled. You do not have to worry about this. They just have to provide this for legal reasons. (See GPL, etc.)
  • Boot ISO image: While I am not familiar with Oracle Linux's structure, I am pretty sure this is a minimalistic boot image. One you put on a bootable media, boot it up, and then the installer downloads the files during the install.
  • Boot ISO UEK image: Same thing, but with the "Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release" buzzword kernel included. Don't worry, the install image - the big one - contains both kernels I am pretty sure.

How to create bootable image on Windows:

Which one to pick? Try them out. :)
For Linux I usually use the first one. For Rescue disc, I use Xboot.
But all of them should work.

How to create bootable image on Linux:

What if my USB will not boot even though I followed every step?
You have to "clean" the drive off.

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  • Thanks so much for the detailed info. I am going to follow the steps that you provided and hopefully get it right. Thanks a ton! – CuriousMind Dec 11 '16 at 11:26

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