Scientific Linux 6.2 Live CD Available

Feb 23, 2012

Scientific Linux Live CD/DVD 6.2 has been officially released for i386 and x86_64.

The Scientific Linux distribution is built from source packages for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.2 and is enhanced with extra software for use in scientific and academic environments. The distribution was put together by Fermilab, CERN, and various labs and universities around the world.

Scientific Linux 6.2 LiveCD, LiveMiniCD, and LiveDVD are now available for 32-bit and 64-bit systems. In the 6.2 release, software was added from the RPMforge, EPEL, and ELRepo repositories to provide the following: additional filesystem support (NTFS, ReiserFS), secure network connection (OpenVPN, VPNC, PPTP), filesystem tools (dd_rescue, ddrescue, gparted, gdisk), and better multimedia support (gstreamer-ffmpeg, flash-plugin).

According to the announcement, the way the LiveCD was built has completely changed. It is now based on the Fedora LiveCD Tools. According to the website, if you install the LiveCD to hard drive, the installation of the Live image is done by Anaconda, much like the previous version (SL6). All changes done during LiveCD usage are lost. You can install the LiveCD on a USB stick with persistent changes using liveusb-creator included in SL6. To build your own LiveCD, use livecd-tools from SL6. For more information, visit: http://www.scientificlinux.org/.

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