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Sorry no I have not tried CentOS yet - need to find an old PC for that one.
Regarding Red Hat - I am downloading from rhn.redhat.com - their download page, I had to register because after the first 2 disks downloaded I couldnt find the rest - after registering for a 30 day trial I could download them.
I downloaded 3 yesterday, 1 overnight and the 5th this morning. The first 3 worked fine, the 4th didnt. I can't use the md5 check whilst 3/5 of the way through the installation. i have no other unix PC to hand apart from a live server I am reluctant to use.
I am currently downloading all 5 CD's again, will burn them and try from scratch.
To clarify on what chris said, they they say that they compile CentOS from SRPMS from a north american company which is RH.
So they use sources from RH, change the logos and artwork and anything that is registered and then compile is it to make CentOS which is nothing but RHEL without logos and registered trademarks.
Ok thanks - so they are essentially exactly the same.
I have a little problem - i installed it, configured it, skipped the screen that asked for the "extras disk" because I don;t have one....now trying to browse Red Hat it keeps rejecting the password I entered for root....i am typing the same one i set up for my user but with no success.
Is root password automatically something else or the same as my general user one?!
It will not set root password automatically. You have to set it while installation. You might be borking somewhere while typing. If you do not remember what password you set, you can enter rescue mode, also single user mode and set the password.
See this on recovering root password. http://www.redhat.com/docs/manuals/e...ot-passwd.html